What are crowns and what are they for?

Unlike adult teeth, a child’s teeth have a thinner enamel (tooth coating) which helps protect the tooth from bacteria, infection, and cavities. After a cavity is cleared, the child may need a crown to help protect the tooth as another layer of protection. This acts as a usable barrier for the tooth to help protect it even further and helps to prevent an extraction of the tooth.

What kind of crowns are there and how do they differ?

There are 2 types of crowns; tooth-color and silver. The main difference is the color and durability of the crowns. While tooth-colored crowns are more seamless on the tooth, silver are more durable but noticeable. Due to those reasons, we prefer to use white crowns on the front teeth and silver in the back where they aren’t as easily noticed and the majority grinding down food takes place.

How are crowns placed?

Placing a crown is similar to placing a filling, the first step is to help the child feel at ease and once that is done we will clean the infected or decaying areas and ensure they are protected from further exposure. Once that is done, we will place a crown depending on the tooth size and apply a seamless paste to harden it into place.

Are there side-effects to a crown?

Crowns make a big difference, however it is strongly suggested that the child does not eat or drink anything sticky or sugary for about a day after the crown is placed to help prevent from dislodging the crown from the tooth or getting stuck under the crown before it has a chance to harden. If it does get dislodged, the child will need to be brought in to re-adjust the crown. Furthermore, if small pieces such popcorn, chips, and other snacks/foods get stuck your child may feel discomfort or irritation. Therefore its best to prevent the, from eating or for at least about 4 hours.