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Crowns for Kids


Young red headed girl with pigtails smiling in dental chairAt Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we will always try to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, many children need some form of restorative treatment due to tooth decay or gum disease. Significant damage or tooth decay may even require the placement of a dental crown.

Thanks to improvements in technology, technique, and materials, there are more dental crown options than ever before. While stainless stain is still a common option for primary (baby) teeth, we now offer zirconia crowns as well. Zirconia is a ceramic compound that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Ask Dr. Justin and Dr. Joni if a zirconia crown is right for your child.

Reasons for Child Dental Crowns


The underlying goal of all dental crowns is to save a tooth from extraction or tooth loss. However, we may recommend a crown for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons include:
•  Severe tooth decay
•  Protecting a damaged tooth from breaking
•  Restoring a worn down or broken tooth
•  Covering a chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth
•  Preventing the premature loss of a primary tooth

An early childhood cavity can cause so much damage that it threatens the life of a primary or baby tooth. While primary teeth eventually fall out, the premature loss of a tooth can create greater complications for your child’s oral health. The most common issues are misaligned or impacted permanent teeth.

If the damage to a primary tooth is severe, a crown may be the only option. Depending on the location of the tooth, we may recommend a zirconia crown to restore its appearance. Dr. Justin and Dr. Joni will determine if your child is a suitable candidate for zirconia during a consultation appointment.

Dental Crown Procedure


A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores the function and aesthetic of the tooth. Dental crowns for primary teeth are prefabricated, meaning the procedure can be completed in a single appointment. During the procedure, we will remove the cavity and prepare the tooth to accommodate the shape and size of the crown. Your dentist will choose an appropriately sized crown that best fits your child’s mouth and prevents malocclusions (misaligned bites). Once the correct sized crown is fit to your child's tooth, we use dental cement to bond the restoration to the tooth. Once the crown is placed, we recommend avoiding sticky foods including gum, gummy vitamins, and dried fruit to keep the crown intact. Once the crown is in place, it should prevent the primary tooth from falling out prematurely.

Schedule a Consultation Today!


If your child has a badly damaged or decayed tooth, you should take action immediately! Call 406-224-4272 to schedule a consultation appointment today!
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