As a parent, you do all you can to make sure your youngster 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 our patients’ primary teeth intact whenever possible until the permanent teeth appear, which is when restoring a child’s tooth with a pediatric dental crowns become a good option.
Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve a tooth’s shape or to strengthen it. Crowns are most often used if your son or daughter 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 it 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 most often 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 and is based on an impression taken of your child’s mouth. We sculpt each crown for your little one so his or her bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.