A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, maintain or improve its strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
For children, a crown may be used on primary (baby) teeth in order to:
- Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can’t support a filling.
- Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene.
- Decrease the chances of the tooth requiring future treatment once the tooth is completely covered.
In such cases, Dr. Trueblood is likely to recommend a crown.There are several options for crowns which we will discuss with you. These may include all white crowns, silver crowns coated with a white material for esthetics, or all silver crowns. Depending on the severity of the cavity and the location of the tooth, some options may be a better choice- than others.