Crowns are the treatment of choice for teeth with a developmental defect (hypoplasia), after pulpal therapy, or if most of the tooth is decayed or missing.
The crown is cemented to the tooth and sits just below the gum line. The crown should remain on the tooth until it is time for the tooth to naturally fall out, at which time the rest of the baby tooth and crown will fall out together in one piece.
Crowns save teeth where other treatments would fail. They are strong and durable. The main disadvantages of stainless steel crowns are that they are silver in color.
Tooth-colored Zirconia crowns are used for the same situations as stainless steel crowns. The main advantage of a tooth colored Zirconia crown is that they are a more natural looking alternative. The disadvantages of tooth-colored crowns are that the cost, and the specificity of the case in which they can be used because they are not flexible, require more tooth structure to be removed, and are more time consuming to place.
We would be glad to discuss these options further with you, in order to determine what is best for your child.