The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental in Valencia, California, have had years of training in pediatric dental care and know what works best in treating a range of dental issues. If your child’s tooth is damaged or severely decayed, a crown may be necessary to improve your child’s oral health. Due to their strength and longevity, zirconium crowns are the dentists’ crown of choice. If you’re concerned that your child may need a crown, contact the office or book an appointment online now.
Ceramic crowns have been used for years as an alternative to gold crowns because they more closely resemble the color of your natural teeth. However, traditional ceramic crowns aren’t as durable as gold crowns.
Zirconium crowns are a type of ceramic crown with added zirconia (the same material used to make zirconia diamonds). The zirconia creates a stronger, more durable crown than a traditional ceramic crown. In some cases, zirconium crowns may last as long as 15 years.
And like traditional ceramic crowns, zirconium crowns look like your child’s natural tooth.
In children, zirconium crowns are used on teeth that are severely decayed and can’t be fixed with a simple filling. They’re also used to repair cracked or broken teeth.
If you’re concerned about discoloration of your child’s permanent teeth, zirconium crowns can improve their appearance. They can also serve as strong reinforcements for bridges, which replace missing permanent teeth.
If your child needs a crown, then it’s likely the tooth decay has reached the pulp of the tooth and a root canal may first be needed. Whether for baby or adult teeth, this procedure is necessary to improve the health of the mouth and prevent further decay.
After the procedure, the Santa Clarita Children’s Dental team can place the crown on the remainder of the tooth after shaping it, or they may need to build a foundation for the crown.
Typically, crown installation requires several appointments because they have to be created in an off-site facility. However, using state-of-the-art technology, your Santa Clarita pediatric dentist can create and implant a permanent zirconium crown all in one visit.
You don’t need to do anything special once the crown is in place. Most importantly, you’ll want to make sure your child continues to brush twice a day, floss daily, and eat a healthy diet to improve the overall environment in the mouth and prevent future cavities from forming.
If your child complains of pain after placement of the crown, call the dentist right away.
The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental can fix your child’s decayed or damaged teeth with natural-looking, durable crowns. Call today or schedule an appointment online to visit the practice.