Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of the tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.

There are three types of full coverage crowns we offer at South Hills Pediatric Dentistry:

1. Stainless-Steel Crowns

  • Stainless-steel crowns are the most predictable primary tooth restoration and have great longevity. They are silver. Stainless-steel crowns are the preferred restoration on back teeth.
  • 2. Composite Strip Crowns

  • A tooth-colored front-tooth crown that builds up your child’s tooth with a plastic material, restoring it to normal form and function. Strip Crowns are very cosmetic and are ideal if a single front tooth requires full coverage.
  • 3. Zirconia / Porcelain Crowns

  • Zirconia Crowns are also tooth colored and very strong. They are premade and cemented onto your child’s tooth.
    Full-coverage crowns are intended to save a primary tooth until the permanent tooth can erupt and take its place. Because they are full coverage, they completely encase the tooth and protect all surfaces from future decay. Keeping the primary tooth if at all possible is very important.
  • A crowned tooth must be brushed and flossed just like other teeth.