Crown & Restoration
A crown on a tooth is a sign of victory over the cavity germs.
After disinfecting the decayed tooth, next most important step is restoring its full function. It provides adequate strength needed during chewing. It has better longevity than other restorations. Due to polished surfaces, these crowns provide an easy oral hygiene maintenance.
When is it needed?
- Restoration of primary or young permanent teeth with extensive carious lesions.
- Restoration of Hypoplastic primary or permanent teeth.
- Restoration of primary teeth following pulpotomy or pulpectomy procedures.
- Restoration of teeth with hereditary anomalies such as dentinogenesis imperfecta or amelogenesis imperfecta.
- Restorations in special needs individuals or others in whom oral hygiene is extremely poor and failure of other materials is likely.
- As an abutment for space maintainers or prosthetic appliances.
- Temporary restoration of a fractured tooth.
- Extenssive caries in front tooth where the child is affected psychologically.
A tooth is prepared ( reduced by 2mm to fit the crown), prior to adaptation of the crown. Once a crown is fitted it is cemented onto the tooth. As the appropriate age approaches, these crowns shed like a normal baby tooth.
There are two general types of crown given to kids; Stainless steel crowns and Zirconia crowns.
Stainless Steel Crowns
These are crowns which require minimal invasive procedure and can withstand the masticatory forces. these crowns protect the baby teeth until they shed off .
They are best indicated for posterior baby teeth.
Tooth coloured crowns specially made for baby tooth is available to enlighten your kids smile. They are best indicated in kids with cavity in front teeth.
Anterior strip crowns are the restoration of choice for upper or lower front teeth that have multiple surface or large cavities. It is a clear plastic tooth form that is trimmed and filled with composite resin (tooth colored filling material) to provide full tooth coverage after cavity removal.