Pediatric Dental Crowns in NYC
When a child’s tooth is cracked, broken, or impacted by damage to the dental pulp, thus requiring a baby root canal, the experienced pediatric dentists at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC will turn to dental crowns in order to restore affected teeth. Based on a patient’s unique needs, the appropriate type of tooth crown will be determined.
For children who are unable to cope with the delivery of dental care, who have a high level of dental anxiety or who have special needs, we offer various sedation dentistry options for completing a dental crown procedure. For over 25 years, our Upper East Side pediatric dentistry has been committed to providing dental care with a little extra care.
Learn more about dental crowns below or request an appointment online.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening it and protecting it from further cracking or breakage. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won’t be effective. In addition, dental crowns are often needed following a pediatric root canal, wherein part of the baby tooth’s nerve has been removed.
What types of crown options do you offer?
Our team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can provide:
- Stainless steel dental crowns (with or without white facings)
- White crowns
Stainless Steel Dental Crowns
Stainless steel crowns can preserve more of the tooth structure than other types of crowns. They withstand biting and chewing forces well and rarely chip or break.
The biggest drawback of stainless steel crowns is their metallic color. They are ideal for rear teeth that are not visible, but if they are necessary for a tooth that will show, they can be created with white facings that look like natural teeth.
White Crowns (White Caps)
White crowns made of resin can be used to strengthen decayed teeth and they are commonly used when restoring teeth at the front of the mouth. They are close in color to the natural teeth, so they are more cosmetically pleasing.
However, white crowns are not as resilient as stainless steel crowns and they may chip, fracture or discolor eventually. Depending on the length of time it takes for the baby tooth that it is covering to fall out, a white crown might potentially need to be replaced.
What does getting dental crowns involve?
Dental crown placement is performed in-office. Before the procedure, a child will receive local anesthesia in order to numb the affected tooth and area around the tooth. We offer single tooth anesthesia technology, which provides a number of advantages for our pediatric patients. In addition, sedation dentistry options may also be administered, depending on a patient’s needs.
Once numbed, our pediatric dentists will shape the affected tooth to the necessary form before introducing the appropriate type of crown, which is designed to fit tightly over it. Then the crown will be cemented into place. After the procedure, patients will be advised to avoid hard or sticky foods in order to prevent fractures to the crown. Depending on the type of crown used, the dental restoration may stay intact until the baby tooth falls out naturally, or it may need to be replaced.
If you need to schedule a visit for your child with cracked teeth or want to learn more about pediatric dental crowns, call our office at (212) 879-6518 or request an appointment at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics by filling out the form on this page.