Crowns are used to treat individual teeth that have too much decay or damage to be restored with a filling. Sometimes called a "cap," dental crowns are used to cover the affected tooth and can be shaded to blend with your child's natural tooth structure for a seamless finish. At Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, we use crowns to treat a large cavity, strengthen a damaged tooth, or improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. Board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Jeni Kong offers crowns using stainless steel or zirconia (tooth-colored), depending on the patient's needs. Make an appointment with Dr. Jeni today to learn more about how a dental crown may repair or strengthen your child's damaged tooth while also improving the total health and appearance of their smile.
Dental crowns may be used to treat several types of oral needs. They may be placed to cover a tooth damaged by decay, prevent weak teeth from chipping or breaking, or cover and protect teeth that have received endodontic treatment. Dental crowns may also be used to repair teeth that are cracked or extremely worn down. Dr. Jeni will only recommend a dental crown when a filling is insufficient to restore a tooth or when absolutely necessary. During your consult, Dr. Jeni will go over your choices and help you choose the best dental crown option for your child's needs and family budget. Most crowns for baby molars are stainless steel. For parents who prefer a tooth-colored crown for their child’s molars, a tooth-colored crown option is available and made out of zirconia.
What To Expect
During your child's crown visit, Dr. Jeni will numb the area so that they are comfortable throughout the procedure. Often times, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is administered to help relax the child and to provide a comfortable experience. Sedation techniques may be used to help your child feel more relaxed during the procedure if they have any fears, anxieties, or other concerns. Our treatment areas also feature headphones connected to our overhead screens to minimize the sounds of our dental equipment.
Once your child's crown procedure is finished, they are free to resume normal daily activities. Some types of sedation take a few hours to wear off. If sedation was administered, we will provide instructions on when normal activities can be resumed. Dr. Jeni or a member of our team will go over how to care for your child's new crown, including any foods that should be avoided and cleaning techniques. If your child experiences any problems with the crown (if it falls out or becomes loose), call our office for help. Do not try to repair it or reattach on your own as this may cause an infection or bad fit.
Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your child's costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your child's consultation, Dr. Jeni will help you determine the crown material that best suits your child's needs and family budget. Our team can also go over payment methods along with financing information to help make your child's crown procedure affordable.
Schedule your Visit today
A damaged or missing tooth may be easily treated with a dental crown from Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry. Contact our pediatric team in Lawrenceville, GA today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeni.