What Is A Dental Crown and What Does It Do?
Dental crowns for children
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering cemented to the tooth for the purpose of restoring the tooth to its original shape and function. Crowns are used in pediatric dentistry for various reasons. Crowns are recommended by dentists when it is necessary repair and restore a baby tooth found to be extensively decayed, a tooth fractured due to trauma, or a primary tooth which has not developed correctly.
Crowns are much more durable than fillings, and usually last until the baby tooth falls out at about age 12.
Stainless Steel Crowns- the most common type of crown used in pediatric dentistry. These are what many people call “silver” crowns. These shiny silver crowns are very strong and durable and are a great option if you aren’t concerned about esthetics.
Stainless Steel Crowns With White Facings- To make the stainless steel crowns look more esthetic, especially on the front teeth, stainless steel crowns are available with a pre-veneered plastic facing. These crowns look better because from the front they look “white.” In order for the white facing to adhere to the metal, extra bulk must be added, making these crowns look bulbous or rounded. The white facing also has a tendency to chip off over time, exposing the silver crown underneath.
Composite Strip Crowns or Resin Crowns- This type of crown is very esthetic when prepared correctly by your dentist. Installing these crowns demands skillful technique and often requires more time to perform. Because of the time required, these crowns can be difficult to place on small, uncooperative children; and general anesthesia sedation is often recommended. Strip crowns are entirely made of composite “white” “filling material. This filling material looks very natural; but over time, it does have a tendency to absorb stains and discolor. It can also attract plaque if not kept clean. Resin crowns are also much weaker than stainless steel crowns, and there is an increased chance that a piece or corner of the crown may fracture off.
Zirconia Crowns- Composed entirely of one solid tooth-colored material, they look extremely esthetic, both from the front view and on the inside of the mouth. Each crown is glazed with a hint of natural color, making them very smooth, shiny, and impermeable to staining. They are exceptionally strong, and their unsurpassed esthetics allows them to blend in seamlessly with surrounding natural teeth.
Finding out your child has extensive tooth decay and needs crowns can be concerning. But having the option available to restore your child’s teeth with crowns will put your mind at ease. Ask your dentist today about the best pediatric crown option.