Dental Crowns for Paediatric Patients

Specialist Kids Dentist provides dental crowns to children who have damaged baby and adult teeth. Child crowns require different treatment compared to adult dental crowns for teeth. Paediatric crowns are often used on young patients who are in active occlusion and require a crown that can adapt to an adjusting and growing mouth.

Tooth Coloured crowns or Stainless Steel Crowns?

Front Teeth:

White crowns that are used to strengthen decayed front teeth are commonly referred to as strip crowns, made of a composite resin.

Back Teeth:

A dental crown is a restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening and protecting it from further cracking or breakage.  Since the enamel of baby teeth is thinner, cavities tend to spread more easily and usually come to affect a larger area of the tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is damaged by decay to the point that a filling is no longer a treatment option. Crowns may be the only way to protect the tooth from premature extraction. At Specialist Kids Dentist, we offer white or tooth-coloured paediatric crowns as well as silver, stainless steel crowns.

For years, stainless steel crowns have been, and continue to be, the standard of care for badly decayed baby molar teeth. Stainless steel crowns are silver caps that cover the back teeth and preserve more of the tooth structure than other types of crowns. They withstand biting and chewing forces well and rarely chip or break. Fortunately, with recent advances in ceramics technology many children now have another option! We are pleased to be among one of the first dental practices in Australia to be able to offer Sprig’s EZ Crowns, the number one choice in metal free aesthetic paediatric crowns world-wide, to our paediatric patients. EZ crowns are made of solid zirconia which is one of the strongest ceramics available. They have excellent strength and their shape and colour combine to give them superior aesthetics. Our paediatric dental experts at Specialist Kids Dentist have been specially trained to provide EZ all white crowns to restore your child’s smile back to its natural beauty. Please note that in certain clinical situations an all-ceramic EZ-Crowns may not be the best option for your child and Stainless Steel crowns will still be the recommended treatment of choice. 

How are baby crowns prepared?

Dental crowns for children are generally completed in one visit, and will usually last until they are replaced by adult teeth.

After the child is made completely numb using local anaesthesia, all of the affected tooth structure is removed so as to get rid of any decay. Then the tooth is prepared in a certain way so a prefabricated crown can fit on top. When a paediatric dentist has determined the size of the crown that would fit best for the tooth, the crown is cemented in place.

Are there any precautions that must be taken after having a crown placed on a baby tooth?

Immediately after treatment, it is important that the child does not eat anything too hard or sticky. Chips and popcorn pieces can get stuck under the crown, making it uncomfortable. Also, sticky or hard candies, like bubble gum, can displace the crown. If a crown gets displaced, the child should be brought back to the dental office to have it re-cemented. To prevent this from happening, however, parents should be careful as to what the child eats after treatment. Often we recommend softer foods. Also, sometimes the gums may become slightly irritated by the new crown. It is important to continue to brush around the gums of these teeth to prevent further irritation or infection.

Contact Specialist Kids Dentist

If you need more dental crown information, Contact us today to speak with a member of our friendly, knowledgeable staff or visit our offices in Liverpool or Summer Hill.