Dental Crowns for Pediatric Patients


Kids need crowns, too. That’s why we offer dental crowns just for children. Here’s how it works.

A dental crown is a “cap” that covers your tooth and restores it back to its optimal chewing function. Dental crowns protect your tooth from cracking or breaking and strengthens it to withstand the force of biting and chewing. Dentists recommend dental crowns when a tooth is damaged by decay or injury and cannot be mended with a traditional dental filling. Our North Virginia-based pediatric dentists are highly skilled in providing dental crowns for children and are here to help your child achieve optimal oral health for life.

Stainless Steel versus White Dental Crowns

Dentists typically utilize two different types of dental crowns: stainless steel crowns and white dental crowns. Stainless steel crowns are silver in color and more commonly used on the back teeth. Dentists regularly use stainless steel crowns on kids because the material easily adjusts to a growing mouth.

White crowns are made of composite resin and are more commonly used on adult teeth. The material is more rigid and works better on teeth that have stopped growing. White dental crowns are more natural in color and are used on front teeth to be more cosmetically pleasing.

How Many Visits are Required for Dental Crowns to be Completed?

Dental crown procedures are typically completed in just one visit. Your child’s crown will usually last until the tooth falls out and is replaced with an adult tooth.

What to Expect Post-Visit

Immediately following a procedure, your child will still be numb from the application of the dental crown. Keep your child from eating or drinking until the numbing wears off to prevent them from biting their tongue, lip, or cheek. Your child may feel slight pain or discomfort for 24 hours following the procedure. Children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help alleviate any pain or discomfort your child may be experiencing. If the pain or discomfort persists past 24 hours or becomes severe, please contact our office.

How Can I Prevent a Dental Crown?

Preventing a dental crown is as simple as continuing regular dental hygiene routine – brushing twice a day and flossing daily, visiting the dentist regularly, and maintaining a healthy diet. In addition to these healthy habits, talk to your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatment.

Pediatric Dental Crowns FAQs

Does a Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?

Taking care of a crowned tooth is just like taking care of natural teeth! Continue to brush and floss the crowned tooth regularly, as the crown does not take away the risk of tooth decay. A great dental health regimen will keep your child’s crown healthy until their permanent teeth come in!

How Can I Protect a Dental Crown? 

Your child will protect their dental crown the same way they protect the rest of their teeth. By avoiding sugary foods, brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and wearing a mouthguard during high-contact sports, your child’s dental crown will stay put and keep their smile healthy.

How Long Does a Crown Stay on Your Teeth? 

A dental crown will typically last 5 to 15 years and will fall out with the primary tooth when it is time for the adult tooth to grow in. The lifespan of a dental crown is determined by the “wear and tear” it receives on a regular basis. Following proper oral hygiene habits and protecting your smile during high-contact sports will help prolong the life of your dental crown. Remember, don’t use your teeth as a tool to open packages and bite your nails, and avoid biting your nails and chewing ice.

Is Getting a Dental Crown Painful?

With the use of local anesthesia, a dental crown procedure should be pain-free and stress-free for both you and your child. Your child’s dentist will numb the area with a topical numbing creaming before using local anesthesia to keep your child as comfortable as possible. If they experience any slight pain or discomfort following the procedure, children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help ease any discomfort present.

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