Pediatric zirconia crowns were first introduced in 2010 and are aesthetic dental crowns that can be used for children in place of the traditional stainless steel crown. Unlike stainless steel crowns, zirconia crowns are ceramic crowns with a natural appearance. Because of this, zirconia crowns are often used to restore tooth decay in the front teeth. They have been successfully used on adults for years and offer the following benefits: 

zirconia crown on a black background
  • Aesthetics
  • Durability
  • Biocompatibility
  • Cause less wear on opposing teeth
  • Cause less gum irritation

Did You Know?

In 2013, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry did a study that found the number of cosmetic dental services was steadily increasing each year. As a result, pediatric dentistry has also started to offer more aesthetic restoration options. 

before and after dental crowns

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Is a zirconia crown right for my child?

Your child may need to have a dental crown placed if they have a significant amount of tooth decay that cannot be safely restored with a dental filling. If your child is in need of a dental crown, then a zirconia crown may be right for them if they have a metal allergy or if you simply prefer their smile to have a natural appearance. However, zirconia crowns may not be an ideal option if your child has severe crowding in their mouth or if there is little remaining tooth structure. 

To find out if zirconia crowns are the best dental crown for your child, schedule a consultation with your San Antonio pediatric dental office today. 

What can my child expect when having a zirconia crown placed?

In order to place a dental crown, you can expect that your child will likely require dental sedation to keep them calm and still during the procedure. They will also receive dental anesthetics to ensure they don’t feel any pain or discomfort while having their dental crown placed. 

Cartoon of a tooth being prepared for a dental crown

The first step to placing any dental crown is to remove any decayed tissue. Your child’s dentist will use a dental drill to remove decayed tissue, as well as to reshape the remaining healthy tissue. When having a crown placed, the tooth will need to be reduced in size so that the crown can be placed on top without looking bulky or causing problems with the bite. 

After the tooth has been prepared, the next step is to determine the correct size of dental crown. Pediatric dental crowns, whether made from stainless steel or zirconia, are pre made into a range of sizes per tooth. In the case of zirconia crowns, the crown itself cannot be altered in size, meaning the tooth will need to be adjusted. Your child’s dentist will slip on a few sizes to determine the best fit. In some cases, additional tooth reduction may be needed to achieve a secure fit. Once the proper-fitting crown has been determined, it will be permanently adhered to the surface of the tooth. 

How do I help my child after having a zirconia crown placed?

After your child has a crown placed, they may experience some soreness while their mouth adjusts to the restoration. You can manage this with over the counter pain medications if needed. Until their mouth has adjusted, it is advised to provide them with a temporary soft foods diet to avoid further irritation. Within a few days, they should be able to return to their usual diet. 

 Depending on the level of dental sedation used during the procedure, your child may also experience some residual sleepiness the day of their procedure. This is normal and should fade in a matter of hours or by the next day. If deep sedation was used, you will want to monitor them closely throughout the day. 

Finally, to care for your child’s dental crown it is important to encourage them to practice good oral hygiene. They should brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes and floss once a day. Make sure they are also brushing and flossing around the crown. Additionally, be sure to bring them into your San Antonio pediatric dental office for their semi-annual checkup and cleaning. These habits will keep the crown in good condition and prevent future decay from occurring. 

ATTN: Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry

Dear Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry,

We hope you are all well and in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Texas State Dental Board, American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff from the current COVID-19 crisis. The process to check in will for now be different than the previous “normal”

        Before your appointment fill our screening questionnaire and any required forms from our website, this will reduce paperwork at the office. You will be asked those same questions again when you arrive at the office in case anything has changed. The patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival. Please understand that if required we might have to reschedule your visit.

        Check in by phone when you park your car. You will receive a text to enter the office.

        Please bring only the patient that is being seen and one adult.

        We will guide you to either a seating area assigned with a letter or straight to the treatment room.

        Mandatory:  Please wear mask.

        Please maintain social distancing.

        Only patients in treatment areas when possible, this reduces effects of any aerosols.

        We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

        Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, books, toys, ipads and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

        Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

        We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 210 787 1200 or visit our website at kidsworldpediatricdental.com

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you and your smiles.


Kids World Pediatric Dentistry Team

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