Dental Crowns

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that fully encases an affected tooth, preventing future decay or damage. Crowns protect teeth weakened by large areas of decay and are also used to preserve teeth after root canal therapy or to support space maintainers. At Helotes Children’s Dentistry, we offer metal and porcelain crowns. Dr. Renee will help you determine the right restoration for your child.


What Are the Uses of Zirconia Crowns?

Zirconia crowns deliver a natural appearance, making them the aesthetic choice for treatment of your child’s front teeth. These tooth-colored crowns are strong and durable, with the potential of lasting for years with proper care.


What Are the Uses of Stainless Steel Crowns?

Stainless Steel crowns are durable and cost-effective restorations that are prefabricated and available in a variety of shapes and sizes. These crowns are silver in appearance and may be visible in your child’s smile. Dr. Renee may recommend a stainless steel crown to protect a toddler or child’s primary tooth until the permanent tooth comes in.


What Happens When My Child Gets a Dental Crown?

We will numb the area using a local anesthetic and administer dental sedation, if needed, to ensure your child is comfortable. Dr. Renee will prepare the affected tooth to make room for the crown. If your child receives a metal crown, she will select one that best fits your child’s tooth.


How To Avoid the Need for Dental Crowns

You can help your child maintain healthy teeth and prevent the need for dental crowns by practicing proper oral hygiene habits. Encourage brushing and flossing twice a day and make sure to schedule a dental exam and cleaning every six months.