Pediatric Crown Types | Crowns in Pediatric Dentistry


Pediatric Crowns are long-term restorations for damaged or decayed teeth that can help to avoid multiple treatments as your child’s primary teeth develop.

Pediatric crowns are designed to look and function just like a real tooth.

If your child suffers from dental decay (cavities) or has dental defects causing their teeth to be soft and at risk of decay, your dentist may recommend a pediatric crown to restore your child’s tooth instead of removing it. It’s important to extend the life of a primary tooth, not only for esthetics, but for development and function.

There are several types of pediatric crowns, each with their own advantages and considerations.

Why does my child need pediatric crowns?

It’s important to keep primary (baby) teeth until they fall out naturally to help with speech and food consumption but also helps your child’s permanent teeth to come in correctly, making it less likely that your child will need orthodontic treatment.

The placement of a pediatric crown on a tooth helps to reduce the likelihood of continued tooth decay.

Nusmile Zirconia pediatric crowns

Zirconia is a special type of advanced bioceramic material offering patients an unmatched combination of esthetics, durability and safety. When you choose a zirconia crown for your child, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a natural healthy tooth and the crown.


The most natural-looking esthetics

Exceptional strength to last until permanent teeth come in

Almost never chip or crack and will not discolor or wear


Possible lack of coverage by Medicaid and other insurance plans

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NuSmile Signature Pre-Veneered white pediatric crowns

A Pre-Veneered stainless steel crown is a white crown that looks like a natural tooth on the front. The white front (facing) is put on the visible surface of a stainless steel crown. Stainless steel crowns have been used for decades to protect baby teeth. NuSmile Signature Pre-Veneered esthetic crowns are by far the most popular and trusted esthetic pediatric crowns, having been selected for use in over four million restorations worldwide.


Durable natural tooth colored crown

Widely covered by Medicaid and other insurance plans


Stainless steel contains small amounts of nickel. Make sure your doctor knows if you child is allergic

In a small number of cases the white facing may chip or wear

NuSmile SSC Pre-contoured stainless steel crowns

Stainless steel crowns are primarily used on molar teeth due to the fact that they have a “silver” appearance rather than a natural tooth color. They are a durable and very affordable restoration. NuSmile does manufacture a state of the art, medical grade stainless steel crown for posterior teeth. Consult with your dentist if you’d like to know more about this option.


Composite strip crowns are more like a giant filling than an actual crown. They can look good when they are first placed, however, they are not as durable as a natural tooth or crown and are subject to breakdown, chipping and staining. Often these restorations will need ongoing repairs, requiring additional treatment procedures for your child.

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