A tooth crown (dental crown) is a restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening and protecting it from further cracking or breakage.
At Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry, we’re kid experts. Our pediatric dentists are trained to treat children’s developing teeth. We know the unique problems that children face and understand the complexities of how teeth grow and develop. We also have experience dealing with frightened children and can help your child feel at ease and comfortable at the dentist.
About Dental Crowns
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is damaged by decay to the point that a filling is no longer a treatment option.
Sometimes when a dentist removes significant tooth decay or performs a nerve treatment, he or she will recommend capping the child’s affected tooth with a crown.
Types of Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are silver caps that cover the back teeth and preserve more of the tooth structure than other types of crowns. They withstand biting and chewing forces well and rarely chip or break. Stainless steel crowns are often used on young patients who are in active occlusion and require a crown that can adapt to an adjusting and growing mouth.
White crowns are used to strengthen decayed front teeth. They are commonly referred to as strip crowns, made of composite resin. White crowns that are used on back teeth are made of porcelain fused to metal material. These crowns are more commonly used on for adult teeth. They are more rigid and work better when a mouth has stopped growing. White crowns are close in color to the natural teeth, so they are more cosmetically pleasing.
Crowns for children are generally completed in one visit, and will usually last until they are replaced by adult teeth.
Do you think your child may need a dental crown? Please schedule an appointment online for your child or call one of our conveniently located pediatric dental offices in Greenville, Anderson or Easley, SC.