Pediatric dental crowns are a type of dental restoration option for children with damaged or severely decayed teeth. They’re special caps for the teeth usually made from polycarbonate, stainless steel, resin-veneered, zirconia ceramic, and composite teeth. These restorations strengthen and protect children's teeth from cavities and further damage like cracking or chipping.
The most commonly used crowns for pediatric dentistry are usually made of stainless steel
The first step involves a comprehensive examination of the child’s teeth to determine whether they’re a candidate for dental crowns. This examination may include X-rays, TMJ evaluations, and a review of existing oral problems. Once the dentist conclusively establishes that the child is a good candidate, they move to the next step.
The dentist then administers a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected teeth. Our dentists use 3% mepivacaine, a less potent anesthetic that reduces the chances of post-anesthetic trauma and is suitable for children of all ages. Parents can accompany their children to the dentist's office to quell dental anxiety. The dentist does a final check to ensure your child is comfortable.
The dentist uses a drill and other tooths to remove decayed and chipped fragments on the child’s tooth. Sometimes, the dentist might use a soft amalgam material that hardens within 30 minutes to build up the tooth. This is necessary to create a proper base for the dental crown before moving to the next step.
The dentist gently places the crown on the tooth and uses dental cement to secure it in place. Sometimes they may apply pressure to the crown to check how well it fits. The step concludes once the child confirms the crown sits comfortably on their teeth. Follow-up visits are necessary to confirm its structural integrity.
Same-day crowns, as the name implies, are crowns that the dentist installs on your teeth within the same day. Installing traditional crowns usually takes two different appointments spanning a week or two.
These are durable, high-quality crowns made from zirconia, a white, powdered ceramic material that’s strong and biocompatible. Installing these crowns involves two different appointments. The first one involves examining the teeth and preparing the crown. The second one involves placing the crown on the teeth.
Stainless steel crowns are ideal for fractured teeth, mostly the molars and premolars. This is a durable, more affordable option for your less visible teeth. You’ll need two appointments for this crown. One for preparing the crown and the second one for installing it.
Crowns prevent tooth decay from spreading to nearby teeth
Your child might need a dental crown if they have a cracked, chipped, or severely decayed tooth. Sometimes a crown is necessary after your child undergoes a root canal that removes the decayed portion of the tooth. The crown restores stability to the tooth.
Dental crowns protect your child’s tooth from further decay and strengthen it to allow easier chewing and eating. They also relieve pain from a damaged or decayed tooth, protecting the sensitive nerve endings from exposure.
Pediatric Dental Crowns are safe and effective.