Pediatric Dental Crowns in Naples, FL
A dental crown is a restoration that is used to cover, or cap, a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury. Crowns look and feel like natural teeth and their durability makes them long-lasting. Dr. Marilyn Sandor is a highly trained pediatric dentist with extensive experience providing care to children in the Naples and Bonita Springs area. Call (239) 592-0800 to request an appointment at our pediatric dental office in Naples, FL today!
What are the benefits of a dental crown?
Also known as dental caps, dental crowns can:
- strengthen damaged or weakened teeth
- cover an existing tooth and protect it from further damage and decay
- fill spaces in our smile and improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- replace a missing tooth
- hold together a cracked tooth
- restore a tooth after a root canal
- support a dental bridge
How a dental crown can transform your child’s smile?
Dental crowns are designed to blend in with other existing teeth. They are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of the tooth that you are restoring. Most patients won’t be able to tell the difference between their natural tooth and a capped tooth. In addition to placing our own crowns, Dr. Sandor takes pride in replacing old, noticeable, or unstable metal crowns with beautiful porcelain restorations.
What can I expect when getting a dental crown?
Following the numbing of the tooth and surrounding tissues, your child’s dentist will reduce the size of their tooth so that the crown can fit over it and sit comfortably in their mouth.
Once the tooth structure has been prepared, a dental impression will be taken and sent to a dental lab to fabricate the final restoration. Until the permanent dental crown adheres to the tooth, a temporary crown will be worn to protect the tooth.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
Generally used to restore front teeth because they blend with the natural color of a tooth, ceramic dental crowns are made of a porcelain-based material that may be less strong than other dental crown options. If you are a teeth-grinder, ceramic may not be the best option because they are susceptible to cracking under pressure. While it is resistant to wear, a ceramic crown can aggravate neighboring teeth if their surfaces become rough.
Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)
PFM crowns are fabricated with a porcelain coating over a metal base. PFM restorations are highly popular because they offer the same strength as metal crowns with the aesthetics of porcelain crowns. Unlike metal crowns, however, PFM crowns are abrasive to the opposing teeth and can cause them to wear down faster.
Ideal for cosmetic dentistry treatments because of their ability to improve the contour and color of teeth, all-porcelain crowns are fabricated entirely using porcelain or ceramic materials. Although porcelain crowns lack the strength of PFM crowns but are just as abrasive on opposing teeth.
Dental crowns fabricated entirely out of dental composite resin are another aesthetic option that is highly affordable. However, resin dental crowns are significantly weaker than other types of dental crowns and are more likely to chip or crack, as well as to wear down faster.
How long do dental crowns last?
Properly placed and cared for crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Some crowns have lasted as long as 20 or 30 years depending on the materials, quality of construction, and location in the mouth.
Ready to get started?
Crowns are ideal for people wishing to restore their teeth.
At Naples Pediatric Dentistry, we want to ensure that you fully understand what is best for the health of your child’s smile. When you come in for a consultation we’ll thoroughly educate you on your child’s options and help to guide you to the best choice for them. Please call us at (239) 592-0800 for an appointment today.