We can restore your kiddo’s tooth to its former glory with a pediatric dental crown.
Protecting and Strengthening Kids’ Teeth
When a tooth is severely damaged or decayed or an infection reaches the tooth’s pulp, your child may need the protection of a dental crown. Dental crowns, or caps, are used when a lot of the tooth’s structure is missing or the issue can’t be fixed with a filling. A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth to the gumline. It restores the tooth’s function, shape, size and appearance. A dental crown can be used on a permanent tooth as a long-term solution or on a baby tooth to preserve it until it’s ready to fall out naturally.
Restores Function and Appearance
A dental crown strengthens the tooth and restores its appearance, size and shape, allowing your child to continue to chew, speak and smile with confidence.
Protects the Tooth
A crown offers maximum protection. Since it covers all of the tooth’s surfaces, it will reduce the risk of future cavities in that tooth, saving you time and money.
With our dentists’ expertise and the modern materials we use, we can create a dental crown that will last for years (or, at least until your child’s baby tooth falls out naturally).
Types of Dental Crowns for Children and Teens
At Oak Tree Pediatric Dentistry, we have several types of pediatric dental crowns in Greenville. The type of crown used will depend on which tooth we’re placing it on, the tooth size and how well your child is able to cooperate.
At our practice, we have:
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns, also called silver crowns or metal crowns, are the most widely used type of crown for children’s teeth. They’re extremely strong and durable, and they’re the most affordable option. Because these crowns are very noticeable, we generally only recommend them for the back teeth that can’t be seen when your child smiles. They’re a great choice for molars, because they can withstand chewing forces.
Zirconia crowns, or ceramic crowns, are durable and aesthetic. These white crowns are matched to the color of your child’s teeth and the material mimics the appearance of a natural tooth down to its translucency and contours. While zirconia crowns look the most natural and can be used on the front or back teeth, the pediatric versions are pre-fabricated and require a bit more tooth preparation than all-resin crowns. For that reason, they’re more commonly used on older children or on permanent teeth.
Our all-resin crowns offer a great combination of aesthetics and affordability. Made from a composite resin material, the white crowns are metal-free and will be color-matched to your child’s smile. Our expert Greenville kids’ dentists can design an all-resin crown that looks natural, making it excellent for teeth in the front of the mouth. Since these crowns aren’t as strong as stainless steel crowns and might not hold up to the chewing pressure the molars endure, they’re not usually used on back teeth.
Stainless steel crowns were first introduced into pediatric dentistry in the late 1940s.
In the United States, kids ages 2 to 11 have an average of 1.6 decayed primary teeth.
Most children lose all of their baby teeth by the time they’re 12 years old.