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Dental Crowns For Kids

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Restore Damaged & Decayed Teeth

A dental crown is one of the best ways to treat a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay or a dental injury. They're actually less invasive than dental filling as we remove less of the tooth, and offer a 95% success rate. With a crown from one of the specialty trained dentists at Kids Tooth Team, you can restore your child’s bite and smile, and prevent further dental complications. Contact us for a consultation today. We have three office locations in Buda, TX, South Austin, TX, and Kyle

Did you know that Dr. Alex and Dr. Michelle are both Sprig Certified? The prestigious award allows them to become clinical faculty members and national speakers for Sprig white crowns. This certification also grants Dr. Alex and Dr. Michelle with the privilege to teach doctors on how they can use and place white crowns for kids!

White Crowns

At our office, we offer Sprig white dental crowns. These tooth-colored crowns are built from a natural, lifelike ceramic material. This means that Sprig crowns look and feel just like a “real” tooth. This means they're superior to stainless steel crowns, especially when it comes to restoring front teeth.

With a Sprig dental crown in South Austin from Kids Tooth Team, your child’s smile will look completely natural as they grow, and their tooth will be protected until it falls out and it’s replaced by their adult tooth. If you want a lifelike, metal-free restoration for your child’s damaged tooth, our Sprig-certified dentists are here to help.

Dr. Alex and Dr. Michelle are both fully certified in the placement of Sprig white dental crowns.

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Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are commonly used to treat baby teeth. They are available in a variety of prefabricated sizes and shapes, and can be placed in your child’s mouth in just a single appointment, often with the minimally-invasive Hall Technique. 

Stainless steel crowns are very durable and strong, and are also inexpensive. This makes them perfect for treating baby teeth and protecting them until they fall out naturally as your child grows.

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Hall Crowns

The Hall Technique is a method of placing a crown which involves no drilling or numbing needles. The affected tooth is simply cleaned and disinfected, and a special dental cement is used to attach a stainless steel crown directly to the tooth. Not all patients can have a crown placed with the Hall Technique, but it’s a great option for eligible kids.

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The Crown Placement Process

To begin, your child doctor will clean their mouth. Then, the area will be numbed, and the tooth will be prepared. (Note that this step is not required in the Hall Technique process.)

To prepare the tooth, the doctor will drill away damaged and decayed tooth structure, reshaping the underlying tooth. Then, the area will be cleaned. If your child is getting a prefabricated crown, the doctor will choose the appropriate crown and attach it to the tooth using dental cement.

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Why Would My Child Need a Crown?

Here are a few of the most common reasons that kids need dental crowns:

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Treat a Deep Cavity

Cavities that are very deep and extensive should not be treated with fillings, as large fillings can weaken teeth. Crowns are usually a better alternative.

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Restore a Damaged Tooth

Crowns cover and protect the entire tooth structure, making them a great option for kids who have had a tooth cracked or broken by dental trauma.

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After a Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy (Nerve Treatment)

After a nerve treatment with a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy to treat a tooth infection, a crown is the only way to cover up and protect the tooth structure.

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Understanding The Benefits Of Sprig White Crowns

If you’re looking for the best way to restore your child’s tooth after damage or decay, Sprig white crowns in South Austin are the answer. These crowns have quite a few advantages over traditional stainless steel pediatric crowns

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Stronger material

Compared to stainless steel, zirconia is actually stronger! Sprig dental crowns use a ceramic white material that’s more resistant to the pressure and forces of biting and chewing. This means that there’s less of a risk of damage or premature crown failure if you opt for Sprig white crowns from Dr. Alex or Dr. Michelle at Kids Tooth Team.

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Completely metal-free

Our white crowns are made of 100% biocompatible ceramic material. This means that it’s suitable for kids who may be sensitive or even allergic to metals. With a Sprig dental crown, you can be sure that your child won’t have to worry about negative reactions to a metal dental prosthetic in their mouth.

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Natural look and feel

The primary drawback of stainless steel pediatric dental crowns is their unnatural appearance. Simply put, it will be obvious that your child has a silvery-gray metal tooth. But Sprig white crowns are made of a tooth-colored ceramic material. They're even available in lots of different shades, which ensures that they will match your child’s existing teeth perfectly. With a Sprig crown in South Austin, your child’s tooth will look and feel completely natural.

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Resistant to future decay

Kids are not always the most diligent about brushing and flossing properly. That’s why Sprig white crowns are naturally resistant to the accumulation of bacteria-filled plaque. They also use special internal “retention grooves” that help ensure a tight seal around your child’s tooth, preventing further decay around the treated tooth. While you should make sure your child is brushing and flossing properly, Sprig crowns from Kids Tooth Team help give you a little extra protection from tooth decay.

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Placed by Sprig-certified dentists

To offer these white crowns, dentists must be properly trained in their placement by Sprig. This ensures that a dentist has the necessary knowledge to place crowns properly and get the best possible treatment outcome for your little one. At our office, both Dr. Alex and Dr. Michelle are Sprig-certified dentists in South Austin, so you can trust us to take great care of your little one’s teeth.

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Our Expertise With Sprig White Crowns

At Kids Tooth Team, Dr. Alex and Dr. Michelle are both fully-certified Sprig dental crown providers. But that’s not all. Dr. Alex is part of Sprig’s clinical faculty team. As a Sprig faculty member, she has unparalleled expertise in the placement of Sprig pediatric dental crowns.

As part of her role as a Sprig faculty member, Dr. Alex is a national speaker for the company. She works with Sprig to teach doctors throughout the United States about the proper use and placement of Sprig white dental crowns.

If you’re looking for a Sprig-certified dental crown provider in South Austin or Buda, TX, look no further than Kids Tooth Team. Dr. Alex and Dr. Michelle can both provide Sprig white crowns for your kids. And at our child-friendly office, your little one can feel safe and comfortable throughout their entire treatment process.

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How Long Do Pediatric Dental Crowns Last?

This depends on the type of crown you get for your child. Stainless steel crowns typically have a lifespan of up to 10 years with proper care, so they're a good option for replacing missing primary teeth.

Sprig white dental crowns have a longer lifespan than stainless steel crowns. White crowns can last up to 20 years with proper care, making ceramic crowns a more durable, long-lasting option compared to stainless steel crowns.

However, the lifespan of dental crowns is usually not that important when they're placed on baby teeth. This is because your child’s baby teeth will fall out naturally as their permanent adult teeth erupt. Your child will get their first adult teeth around the age of six, and their final set of adult molars will come out between the ages of 12-13.

As long as your child’s pediatric dental crown can last until their adult tooth comes in, their baby tooth will get adequate protection. Still, if you want to make sure you choose the most durable and long-lasting material for your child’s baby tooth, we recommend choosing a tooth-colored Sprig white pediatric crown.

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Are Pediatric Dental Crowns Covered By Insurance?

Yes. If they are medically necessary, pediatric dental crowns are typically covered by dental insurance policies up to applicable limits. However, some dental insurance policies may have different coverage for stainless steel pediatric crowns and white crowns, such as Sprig crowns.

If you’re not sure about what pediatric dentistry procedures your dental insurance policy will cover, it’s best to consult directly with your insurance company or your policy documentation. Covered procedures, deductibles, and yearly maximums will be different for every policy.

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How Long Do Pediatric Dental Crowns Last?

This depends on the type of crown you get for your child. Stainless steel crowns typically have a lifespan of up to 10 years with proper care, so they're a good option for replacing missing primary teeth.

Sprig white dental crowns have a longer lifespan than stainless steel crowns. White crowns can last up to 20 years with proper care, making ceramic crowns a more durable, long-lasting option compared to stainless steel crowns.

However, the lifespan of dental crowns is usually not that important when they're placed on baby teeth. This is because your child’s baby teeth will fall out naturally as their permanent adult teeth erupt. Your child will get their first adult teeth around the age of six, and their final set of adult molars will come out between the ages of 12-13.

As long as your child’s pediatric dental crown can last until their adult tooth comes in, their baby tooth will get adequate protection. Still, if you want to make sure you choose the most durable and long-lasting material for your child’s baby tooth, we recommend choosing a tooth-colored Sprig white pediatric crown.

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Aftercare for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns require no special aftercare or downtime. However, there are a few things you should be on the lookout for after your child’s procedure.

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Some Tenderness & Sensitivity Is Normal

Your child’s tooth may ache and feel a little sensitive after their treatment. This is to be expected, and should subside within 1-2 weeks. A little bleeding or oozing is normal after an extraction or crown as well, and should subside within 24 hours.

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Tooth Pain Is Not Normal

Serious pain and discomfort that comes out of nowhere or keeps your child up at night is not normal and could indicate that further treatment is needed. If your child complains of serious pain after their treatment, come back to Kids Tooth team for a follow-up with their doctor.

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