Crowns in Children
Teeth which are too broken down to adequately hold a filling or which have undergone pulp treatment, a crown is usually required to strengthen the tooth.
For baby molar (back) teeth, a pre-formed metal crown is often used. These require less preparation of the tooth and are relatively easy to fit in a single visit compared to laboratory made crowns.
For front teeth which are visible when smiling and for adult teeth tooth-coloured crowns are most often used. These are made in a dental laboratory and may consist of porcelain bonded to a metal framework or be completely made of ceramic.
“Strip crowns” often used for front teeth are made directly in the mouth from composite filling material using a celluloid crown former.