When a tooth has significant damage, the structure can be at risk when biting or chewing. If a child has a tooth with large fillings, a broken tooth or needs a root canal, our pediatric dentist may recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth. Harlandale Kids Dental offers several options in dental crowns for kids at our dental center in San Antonio, TX.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are restorative dental devices that fit over a damaged tooth. While fillings, inlays or onlays can replace missing tooth material on part of the tooth, dental crowns are used when there is extensive damage to the tooth. We may recommend a dental crown for a primary tooth as well as a permanent tooth to protect the tooth from further damage.
Dental crowns can be made from metals, composites, ceramics or porcelain. Composite and porcelain crowns are preferred for visible teeth as they can be color-matched to your child’s smile. Metal crowns may be recommended for molars as they are stronger and can withstand the pressure required for chewing. The type of crown used depends on which tooth is being repaired – our dentist can explain all the options and costs to determine which is best for your child.
Is a Dental Crown Needed for Baby Teeth?
While baby teeth fall out eventually, it is important to protect them as long as the permanent tooth has not begun to erupt. If a baby tooth is broken or has a large filling, it is worthwhile to use a dental crown to protect the tooth until it is ready to fall out. The primary tooth reserves the permanent tooth space, so we usually recommend repair versus removing a damaged baby tooth.
Dental crowns can protect your child’s teeth when they sustain extensive damage from accidents or dental treatments. We offer safe and effective dental crowns for kids, including tooth-colored options. To schedule a dental crown consultation or checkup for your child, contact Harlandale Kids Dental in San Antonio.