White baby crowns, or strip crowns, are fabricated using a clear shell that is filled with tooth colored filling material and fitted over the tooth. A light is applied to cure the material, then the outer clear shell is removed, leaving the tooth colored material. Though most cosmetically pleasing option, it is also the most fragile type of crown. Strip crowns are only feasible if there is enough natural tooth structure left once all decay has been removed and prepped for crown placement.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are silver colored caps that cover the whole tooth. Pediatric dentists favor stainless steel crowns for restoring back teeth with extensive decay or decay in between the teeth. Stainless steel crowns are is the most durable, and last until the baby tooth falls out around the age of 12.
How Long Does it Take? Will it Hurt?
Crowns require only one appointment for placement. If your child needs a pulpotomy or pulpectomy it will be completed at the same appointment. Baby teeth crowns are done usually within an hour, and Dr. Parsi often uses safe nitrous sedation to make the process more enjoyable for your child. Once lightly sedated, Dr. Parsi will gentle administer numbing medicine to the tooth so the entire procedure will be pain-free. After Dr. Parsi has prepared your child’s tooth, he will bond an appropriately sized crown to the tooth with special biocompatible cement. Once the anesthetic has worn off, your child is ready to eat again and enjoy his/her normal activities.