Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your child’s tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.
A crown is a cap cemented onto an an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your child’s tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into the mouth, a crown is fabricated away from the mouth. Your child’s crown is created in a lab from their unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of bite and jaw movements. The crown is then sculpted just for your child so that their bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.