Pediatric dental crowns are used for children who need to preserve the natural appearance of a damaged baby tooth. These crowns are typically stainless steel because they will only be needed until the baby tooth falls out naturally. A pediatric crown protects and restores baby teeth that are too severely damaged or decayed for a filling. By preserving the baby tooth, we can keep the pathway open for the adult tooth and help ensure a healthy smile for your child.
Baby crowns are very different in technique and cost when compared to adult crowns. Pediatric crowns are pre-fabricated and modified chair side by Dr. Jamie while adult crowns typically are fabricated at a laboratory and require an impression or a scan of the mouth. Adult crowns are about 10x more expensive than pediatric crowns.
By preserving a severely broken down baby tooth with a full coverage restoration like a crown, we avoid the need for an extraction and space maintainer in the empty space.
Why Does My Child Need a Dental Crown?
There are certain situations where your kids dentist may suggest a crown for your child, including
- Unsupported enamel: Baby teeth are more brittle than adult teeth. The thin shell of enamel housing the restoration often fractures at weak areas around a restoration margin. A full coverage restoration like a baby crown is a great option when the remaining walls of a cavity preparation are thin and friable. This prevents your child from having additional dental work as the crowns are more durable than compost restorations.
- Nerve treatment: When a baby tooth receives pulpotomy treatment, much of the healthy tooth structure is lost due to decay and access to the nerve chamber of the tooth. A full coverage baby crown is necessary to prevent fracture of the tooth as well as additional dental procedure.
Stainless Steel Crowns
An alternative to stainless steel crowns is a zirconia crown. This is a ceramic, tooth colored material that is an excellent aesthetic alternative to the stainless steel crown.