Why Would a Crown be Needed?
Because the enamel of baby teeth is thinner, cavities can spread more easily and affect a larger area of a tooth. When this occurs, a crown may be the best way to protect the tooth from extraction. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped hat that is cemented to the tooth to restore it to its original shape and function. Both tooth colored pediatric crowns and silver pediatric crowns can be used to protect baby teeth.
Tooth Colored Crowns: Are made up of tooth colored material similar to ceramic. They are metal free and are the most aesthetically-pleasing choice of all crowns, since they match the color of the natural tooth.
Silver Crowns: Are the most commonly used crowns and are great for teeth towards to back of the mouth, since they are durable, strong, and resistant to moisture.
Which Type of Crown is Best for Baby Teeth?
Generally, we recommend using tooth colored crowns for the front teeth, because they are both aesthetically pleasing and strong. However, for baby molars that are exposed to chewing, silver crowns may be a better option, because they can better withstand constant pressure.
Why Not Just Extract The Tooth?
A common question we get from patients who may be recommended pediatric crowns is why not let the tooth fall out when it’s ready or pull it out right now. The reason crowns are the best course of treatment is because baby teeth help position permanent teeth to come out in the correct position – not crowding other teeth or blocking them entirely. By keeping the placeholder of baby teeth with a pediatric crown, we lower the risk for more severe orthodontic care later on.
How are Crowns Placed?
After local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area, all of the decayed tooth surfaces are removed and cleaned. The tooth is then prepared so that a crown can fit onto it. We will determine which size crown fits best for the tooth and then the crown is cemented into place.
If your child is in need or a pediatric crown, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. Our staff strives to provide professional dental care while ensuring a comfortable experience for your child.
Options for Pediatric Crowns
Depending on the extent of decay and which tooth is experiencing it, we recommend different materials for pediatric crowns.
The most common crowns used in pediatric dentistry are stainless steel. They are durable, making them good for molars and other baby teeth that experience pressure forces. However, we recognize that in some cases, a more natural-looking crown is desired, especially when the tooth is prominent and easily seen.
Stainless Steel With Veneered Facings
One option for a more natural-looking pediatric crown is a pre-veneered stainless steel crown. These have front-facing white plastic coverings that allow teeth to appear natural while providing the support and function of a normal tooth.
In some cases, a pediatric dentist can apply a more cosmetic crown known as a resin crown or composite strip crown. They are made from a compound that will be matched to the shade of the surrounding teeth and very carefully applied so as to look as natural as possible. This type of crown is not as durable and is susceptible to absorbing food and other staining compounds, so it is not recommended for use on a molar.
Is it necessary to put crowns on baby teeth?
Crowns are not necessary for baby teeth. Pediatric dentists recommend crowns when baby teeth have a large cavity, multiple cavities, broken tooth, or when a baby tooth has not developed correctly.
Can toddlers get white crowns?
Porcelain crowns are tooth colored. These can be placed on baby teeth and will stay there until they fall out.
What is a crown on a baby tooth?
Crowns can be used on baby teeth for a variety of reasons. It usually to save a tooth that has been badly damaged and to protect the teeth for children who have a high risk of tooth decay.