As a parent, you do all you can to make sure your child grows up with the best oral health and the happiest possible smile. Even with good home hygiene, decay and traumatic injuries can happen and affect the integrity of a primary tooth.
We try to keep your youngster’s primary teeth intact whenever possible until the permanent teeth appear, which is when restoring your child’s tooth with a pediatric dental crown become a good option.
Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve a tooth’s shape or strengthen it. Crowns are most often used if a child has a tooth that is broken, worn, or damaged by tooth decay, and too damaged to hold a filling.
A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are preferred on the front teeth because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth, while metal or a porcelain-fused metal (PFM) crowns are best on back teeth because of their strength.
Unlike fillings, which are applied directly onto your child’s tooth, a crown is fabricated in our lab based on an impression taken of your little one’s mouth. We sculpt each crown for the patient so that his or her bite and jaw movements will function normally once the crown is placed.
Stainless-steel dental crowns are considered a good temporary restoration to save a primary tooth until the permanent tooth can erupt and take its place. Keeping the primary tooth if at all possible is very desirable. A primary tooth can be restored with a stainless-steel crown during a single appointment.
Zirconia dental crowns are made from zirconium dioxide, a white, powdered ceramic material. When milled from a solid block, zirconia is more durable and stronger than other types of ceramic crowns. It is always best to keep as much natural tooth as possible, both for longevity of the crown and the tooth itself.