Porcelain & Zirconia Crowns

ZIRCONIA CROWNSIf your child is dealing with a damaged tooth then chances are good that Dr. Brad Barlow may recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth and to prevent damage from getting worse. A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a preformed crown is placed over the tooth. Unlike adult crowns, in which the crown is made to fit the tooth, which requires two appointments, baby crowns are placed in one visit, because the tooth is prepared to fit the crown. Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we know how important is it to have a dental restoration that doesn’t just protect your child’s smile but also blends right in. That’s why we are proud to offer porcelain and zirconia crowns to kids of all ages.

One of the benefits of choosing zirconia crowns is that they are extremely strong and durable. The material we use, as well as the techniques we employ, ensure that your child’s zirconia crown looks just like the rest of their natural teeth for amazing results. Dr. Barlow is a certified pediatric Zirconia crowns expert and has been trained in providing full-coverage pediatric restorations like the ones you see in this picture.

Why does my child need a zirconia crown?

Crowns are often placed over teeth that are damaged or have a severe cavity. The crown will restore and protect the tooth’s natural structure while also making the tooth stronger and more resilient. Of course, we know how important it is for our pediatric patients to have healthy, beautiful smiles and that’s why the restorations we create, from crowns and fillings to false teeth are designed to look just like real tooth enamel, so your child feels confident showing off their smiles.

Will my child need a dental crown for a damaged baby tooth?

In some cases, your child may require a crown to protect a very damaged baby tooth. While baby teeth do fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth we may recommend placing a dental crown if it’s too early for the tooth to come out. If teeth fall out too soon or need to be extracted early on this can affect the alignment and development of your child’s smile.

What goes into getting a dental crown?

The tooth will first need to be prepped so the crown can fit over it. This is performed under local anesthesia so your child won’t feel a thing as we prepare the tooth. The crown is prepared and placed in a single visit.


If you have questions about getting dental crowns for your child then turn to Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to learn more. Call our new patient hotline at (888) 973-7169; existing patients can call (208) 777-9331.

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