Dental crowns are also known as “caps”. They are full-service restorations covering all parts of the tooth above the gums. Pediatric crowns are cemented onto the tooth and restore the tooth to its original form and function. They also provide protection from decay and damage until it is time to exfoliate (wiggle out). At the time of exfoliation, a crowned tooth will wiggle out just like a tooth without a crown.
Each crown type has positives and negatives. Furthermore, the covered insurance benefit of the different crown types can vary depending on a patient’s insurance. When a crown is recommended as a treatment we will take the time to discuss the crown options and ensure the parent is able to comfortably make a fully informed decision.
Zirconia crowns are composed of a solid white-colored material. These crowns are entirely metal-free and are even stronger than natural enamel.
Strip crowns are white fillings formed onto the tooth with a mold. The white filling material of these crowns looks natural and can sometimes be completed without removal of tooth structure or administration of anesthetic.
Pre-Veneered Stainless Steel Crowns
Pre-veneered stainless steel crowns are stainless steel crowns with a white veneer on the front side of the crown. These are used for anterior teeth that are in need of a full surface restoration.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are made from medical-grade stainless steel and are excellent for retention and wear. These crowns are used on posterior teeth that require a full surface restoration. These crowns can sometimes be placed without removal of tooth structure or administration of anesthetic.