Sometimes a cavity is too large to be restored with a filling. In these instances, we may recommend a crown (or cap). Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Pediatric dentists have traditionally used stainless steel crowns that are mercury free. However, recent improvements in dental materials make it possible to use white zirconium crowns in certain instances. We will discuss these options with you during your treatment planning consultation.
A primary tooth can be restored with a crown during one appointment. A crowned tooth must be brushed and flossed just like other teeth.