A crown is a protective, tooth-shaped cap placed over and bonded to your child’s baby tooth, in order to prevent the tooth from fracturing or developing a new problem. In addition to removing the infected parts of the tooth, we also shape it so that the crown properly fits onto it, leaving a small segment that cannot properly function on its own. A crown will also prevent a premature extraction of the tooth: It is very important for baby teeth to fall out on their own in order to promote proper growth of permanent teeth.
To ensure that your child’s crown lasts until the affected baby tooth falls out, he or she should avoid eating hard and sticky foods. The child should also maintain their regular dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day.