Why Does My Child Need A Dental Crown?

What Are Pediatric Dental Crowns?

Crowns are tooth-shaped dental restorations that cover and protect the visible portions of teeth, restoring their shape, size, strength, and function. For the front teeth, we offer several tooth-colored crown options, designed to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we offer high quality restorations using cutting-edge technology and techniques to help your child enjoy a healthy, happy smile for a lifetime. Dr. Lin will determine which type of crowns or restorations are best suited for your child’s unique needs.

When Is A Pediatric Dental Crown Needed?

Left untreated, a cavity can grow so large and destroy so much of a tooth that there is insufficient tooth structure left to support a filling. A pediatric dental crown encases the remaining tooth, providing protection and preventing further damage. Dr. Lin may also recommend a pediatric dental crown if a tooth needs nerve treatment (pulpotomy), if it is not formed properly and is breaking down even without cavities, or if it is cracked or fractured due to trauma or grinding. 

Are Dental Crowns Necessary on Baby Teeth?

Parents often wonder whether crowns are really necessary on primary (“baby”) teeth. After all, baby teeth are going to fall out eventually anyway, so why not just extract a problematic baby tooth rather than restoring it?

Even though your child’s baby teeth are temporary, it’s important to maintain their health. Baby teeth help children speak clearly and chew properly, and they help permanent teeth come in correctly, reducing the chances that your child will need orthodontic treatments down the road. Failure to properly care for primary teeth can result in pain, infection, premature loss of teeth and impairment of overall health.  

How Can I Prevent My Child From Needing Dental Crowns?

Safeguard your child’s smile and avoid the need for pediatric dental crowns or other restorations by encouraging proper oral hygiene habits:

Pediatric Dental Crowns in Hurst, TX

Contact Hurst Pediatric Dentistry at (817) 510-6400 to learn more about pediatric dental crowns and whether they are the right option for restoring your child’s smile.

Hurst Pediatric Dentistry is located in Hurst, Texas, and provides preventative and restorative dental services, including dental crowns, to children from Hurst, Bedford, Euless, Colleyville, Keller, North Richland Hills, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving and the surrounding area.

This article is intended to provide general information about oral health topics. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition or as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional who is fully aware of and familiar with the specifics of your case. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with regard to any questions you may have relating to a medical condition or treatment.


Dr. Jin Lin

Doctor Jin Lin, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Jin Lin is a board-certified pediatric dentist with a passion for helping children achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. After graduating cum laude from dental school, he completed his post-doctoral pediatric dentistry training at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he served as chief resident and worked with children with a wide variety of special medical and dental needs, including children with rare syndromes.