If a tooth has sustained damage or decay too significant for a filling, a dental crown may be necessary. Crowns are designed to cover the entire tooth and provide additional strength and reinforcement.
Stainless steel crowns are the most common type of pediatric crowns used in dentistry. These are what many people call "silver" crowns. These shiny silver crowns are very strong and durable so we primarily use them on the back teeth. For the front teeth, we generally use zirconia (white) crowns. These tooth-colored crowns do not chip and blend in better with surrounding teeth making them more aesthetically pleasing than stainless steel crowns.