If a baby tooth has extensively decayed or has had a baby root canal, a simple, white filling will leave the tooth vulnerable to future breaks or fractures. In this case, a prefabricated crown is given as an option to cover and protect the tooth. Crowns on baby teeth are not the same as crowns on permanent teeth and the cost is very comparable to a simple white filling. There are different crown types and recommendations will be made depending on the tooth that has the problem.
White crowns are made of either a composite polymer or zirconia making them esthetically pleasing. Most parents agree that their teeth look quite natural. Placing white crowns requires skill, time, and a highly cooperative child. While it is worth it cosmetically to restore front teeth, the white crowns are weaker than other crowns. It is common for the composite crowns to fracture, stain, and break over time so special care is needed.
Stainless Steel Crowns
These silver crowns are made of stainless steel and are incredibly durable. They are often recommended for restoring the baby molars. The back teeth are used for chewing and therefore need to hold up under pressure. In addition to enduring the most pressure, back teeth are also the last teeth to fall out (usually around age 12) so back teeth also need to last the longest. Primary molars are located in the back of the mouth, making them less visible. When it comes to the molars, stainless steel crowns are the favored choice for most pediatric dentists.