Pediatric Dental Crowns
Dental crowns (sometimes called “tooth caps” by our patients) cover the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line and are typically made of porcelain to give the appearance and function of natural tooth enamel.
Your child may be eligible for dental crowns if they have sustained serious damage or decay to a tooth that’s still structurally sound.
Candidates for dental crowns usually have:
- Significant tooth decay that can’t be addressed with a simple filling
- Significant tooth cracking
- Tooth discoloration
How Dental Crowns Work
The dental crown procedure takes two trips to the dentist spaced a few weeks apart. During the first visit, our dentist files down the receiving tooth to make room for the stainless steel crown. They will then take dental impressions that will be sent to the lab where the tooth crown will be made. To protect your child’s tooth while the crown is being made, our dentist will put in a temporary crown.
Dental crowns give the look and feel of a natural tooth so your child can feel confident with their smile.
When you bring your child for their second appointment, their temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one will be cemented in place. Dental crowns give the look and feel of a natural tooth so your child can feel confident with their smile.
Caring for Dental Crowns
Your child should care for their dental crown the way they would a natural tooth. Make sure your child brushes twice a day and flosses daily to maintain the look and function of their dental crown. While dental crowns are resistant against staining, they’re not invincible. Dental crowns can last up to eight years or more when given proper care.
Our pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Care are dedicated to helping your child maintain good oral health. To schedule a dentist appointment for your child, call any of our offices in Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia.