Dental Crowns

Sweet Tooth Children's Dentistry

Dentists & Orthodontists located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

While most people think of crowns as a dental procedure for adults, children also benefit significantly from this tooth-saving technique. Dr. Julia Brown of Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry has provided crowns and fillings for her young patients in Rancho Cucamonga, California, for many years to promote excellent oral health. To find out more about how crowns can help your child, call or book an appointment online.

Dental Crowns Q & A

Sweet Tooth Children's Dentistry

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap that Dr. Brown places over a severely compromised tooth to save your child’s tooth and protect the tooth’s underlying structure. Crowns are used for teeth that are:

  • Severely decayed
  • Unable to support a filling
  • Broken or cracked
  • Discolored

Crowns are custom made out of stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, or a metal/porcelain mix.

Why does my child need a crown?

The most significant advantage to using crowns is that Dr. Brown is often able to save your child’s tooth from extraction. By preserving the tooth, Dr. Brown prevents the impact a missing tooth can have on your child’s mouth, including:

  • Bone loss
  • Shifting teeth
  • Problems chewing or speaking
  • Misalignments in your child’s teeth and jawline

Ultimately, Dr. Brown’s efforts to save your child’s tooth deliver enormous benefits to your child’s overall health.

Can baby teeth be crowned?

While your child’s baby teeth, or primary teeth, are temporary, for several years they play a critical role in your child’s development by:

  • Enabling chewing
  • Promoting proper speech
  • Holding the place for permanent teeth

If your child has a primary tooth that’s compromised in any way, or under threat of decay, Dr. Brown may recommend placing a stainless steel crown over the tooth to enable your child’s oral progression to continue uninterrupted.

The custom-made crown holds the tooth in place until it’s ready to come out and make way for the permanent tooth. When that happens, the crown falls out with it.

What if my child doesn’t need a full crown?

After a full examination, Dr. Brown sits down to review what options are available to you. If the tooth is strong enough to hold a filling, Dr. Brown offers two types:

Amalgam

Dentists have used amalgam fillings for over 150 years. These fillings are made from a combination of metals. Because these fillings have noticeable colors, Dr. Brown uses them in back teeth.

Composite

Dr. Brown turns to composite fillings for teeth that are readily visible since these fillings mimic the natural color of your child’s teeth.

Between fillings and crowns, there are several ways to preserve your child’s natural teeth. To learn more, call Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, or book an appointment online.