A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular for adults. For your child, a stainless steel crown or composite crown will be used. They are highly durable and will last many years, either until the tooth is lost or until your child has grown and developed to the age where a porcelain crown would be able to be placed on their permanent tooth.
Composite crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, healthy smile.
Stainless steel crowns are silver and made to imitate the shape and size of your teeth, protect your tooth, as well as functioning as a regular tooth.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal, pulpotomy, or pulpectomy.
What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure is accomplished in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your stainless steel crown or composite crown will be placed and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.