- Sep. 24, 2023

What is a white crown for baby teeth?

A zirconia pediatric crown is a white colored  dental restoration designed specifically for children who require dental crowns to restore or protect their primary (baby) teeth. It is made from zirconium dioxide, a high-strength ceramic material known for its durability and aesthetic qualities. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of zirconia pediatric crowns:

Advantages:

  1. Strength and Durability: Zirconia is exceptionally strong and can withstand the forces of chewing and biting in young children.
  2. Aesthetics: Zirconia crowns can closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, making them a popular choice for restoring front teeth in visible areas of the mouth.
  3. Biocompatibility: Zirconia is biocompatible, meaning it is generally well-tolerated by the body, reducing the risk of allergic reactions or tissue irritation.

Disadvantages:

  1. Cost: Zirconia pediatric crowns can be more expensive than alternative options, which may pose a financial challenge for some families.
  2. Technique sensitive: The process of fabricating and fitting zirconia crowns can be more labor-intensive and time-consuming compared to other restorative options. They can be more challenging to fit compared to stainless steel crowns which are flexible. They also require more tooth reduction compared to stainless steel crowns.
  3. Limited Availability: Not all dental practitioners may offer zirconia crowns, potentially limiting access to this treatment option in some areas.
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Zirconia pediatric crowns are often considered a valuable option when a durable and aesthetically pleasing restoration is required for a child’s primary tooth. However, the choice of crown material should be made in consultation with a pediatric dentist who can assess the specific needs of the child and the condition of their teeth.

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