Pediatric Dental Crowns – Why does my child need them?

Know your options!

Parents always panic if their child has a need for filling, worrying that the silver color of filling will be visible and ruin the beauty of their lovely child. Especially if a front tooth has a deep cavity and needs filling or a root canal- it is always a cause for concern.

If a child develops deep cavities in primary teeth or has a chipped tooth that cannot be fixed with filling, a pediatric dentist will recommend using a special crown for children’s teeth to restore that healthy smile.

So, were you recommended a dental crown for baby tooth?

Do you know what they are? Do you know what options you have? Dental crowns are not your typical fillings. They are always indicated if a child’s baby tooth has a big decay cavity or has extensive decay where there is a risk for the tooth to break or the filling to fall.

Dental crowns? What exactly are they?

Dental crowns or tooth caps are used if your child’s primary tooth decay is beyond repairable with filling (the filling might fall off over time), the tooth is chipped or it hasn’t grown completely and the tooth needs to be covered with a secured material to have a prolonged life.  Some primary teeth are meant to last till your child is 11 or 12 and as a caring great pediatric dentist it is our job to make sure your little ones get to keep them as long as possible .

There are different dental crowns out there and each is suitable for a different treatment.

If you are wondering “is it necessary to put crowns on baby teeth?”: the answer is yessss!

Here is what you need to know if you went to the dentist and they recommended a crown!

Option 1: Stainless Steel Crowns for baby teeth

Traditionally, dental crowns were made of stainless steel, giving the tooth a silver color. You must have seen them before. They were usually placed on the back teeth. Stainless steel crowns cap the tooth completely and they are hard to lose or damage. Plus they last a very long time until the tooth falls on its own at the age of 12 years! Buttttttt,  Parents don’t really appreciate stainless still crowns much as they want what’s best for their child and because of their silver color they are not their first choice. Also more and more parents are conscious about the use of metals in their kids mouth.

Option 2: Zirconia Crowns, new generation of dental crowns

The good news is that nowadays, stainless steel crowns are losing their popularity thanks to the new technology, now your beautiful child can have a ceramic made crown called Zirconia crowns or white crowns.

Zirconia crowns are made of ceramic (just like the zirconia stones we use in our jewelry). They are the latest and the most popular crowns these days. They are aesthetically the best option for kids as they blend with the natural color of the teeth and become almost impossible to detect. The ceramic material of Zirconia crowns is durable and it doesn’t chip or lose its colors over time. Isn’t that what you want for your child? A great dental solution that doesn’t affect the look of your child when they open their mouth to laugh hard!

Benefits of zirconia crowns

  • Great looks: Zirconia is naturally white so it blends really well with the other teeth making them a great option for children. Also, Zirconia is translucent, meaning it will mimic the translucency of the rest of the teeth. Zirconia crowns do not have metal lining so if used on the front teeth of children it will not change their beautiful smiles. What more could one ask from a crown?
  • Biocompatibility: So far, there has never been a report on allergy cause by Zirconia crowns as the material is never rejected by human body. Being biocompatible, means Zirconia crowns are safe to be in the mouth for long time especially for children with autism or any child with special needs.
  • Toughness: In terms of material Zirconia crowns are the strongest crowns out there making them the most suitable option for children. So, you don’t have to worry about your child’s biting on an apple or any hard object.

Now that we know why pediatric dentists recommend Zirconia crowns, let’s talk a little bit about how to take care of them and how much would they cost. Shall we?

Sprig All-Ceramic Zirconia Crowns (EZCrowns)

There are different brands of Zirconia crowns available in the market, but at My Pedia Clinic in Dubai we only work with the best brand called EZ Crowns by Sprig Oral Health Technologies. Sprig Oral Health Technologies is the market leader in new and advance dental crown solutions.  EzCrowns are Fully-White prefabricated ceramic crowns that are specially designed for children.  We know that finding out that your child has deep cavity might come to you as a shock, especially if you haven’t heard of dental crowns before.

At the clinic our aim to make the process as short and comfortable as possible to restore baby teeth with white crowns in as little as 15 mins (two crowns or more!). Even general anesthesia for toddlers to fix their teeth or complete dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia for kids can take as little as one hour to place an entire arch of white crowns as opposed to 3 hours or more in other pediatric dentistry offices.

How much do Zirconia crowns cost?

Filling are basic, stainless steel crowns are a little bit more expensive than fillings but less expensive than Zirconia crowns. Zirconia crowns are a new technology, they look beautiful and pearly, they are more durable and they are slightly on the more expensive side.

Why are zirconia crowns cost effective?

The benefits of Zirconia Crowns are that they help us do the treatment once, do it well and not need to repeat them.  Fillings can break and If we need to numb the child and do a root canal and then a filling and having to repeat the entire process every three to six months, that is a lot of trouble that the child really doesn’t need.  Crowns can be a great substitute for poor fillings or poor dental work as they are more durable. Just imagine if a 2 year old gets a crown, he or she can enjoy eating on that tooth until the age of 12! Amazing right?  Did you know that even kids as young as one year old can get crowns on their baby teeth? In this case, the crown will stay with the baby tooth and the child with loose it when the baby tooth falls naturally!.

Hope this answers your questions. Do get in touch if you have more and please post your comments and feedback down below.

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