Causes of crowns on baby teeth Tooth decay: Tooth decay is the main reason why a crown may be needed on your child's baby tooth. Chipped or broken teeth: Accidents happen and children are prone to them. If your child has a large cavity or a cracked tooth, a dental crown may be the best option. Stainless steel crowns are the most common type of crown used in pediatric dentistry.
This is what many people call “silver crowns”. These crowns are covered by most major insurance. They are very durable and are an excellent choice if you are not worried about the aesthetic appearance of baby teeth. Rarely, they can cause localized tissue irritation and are known to be a contributing factor to metal allergies.
If the tooth decay is still small, your pediatric dentist can repair the tooth with a small, simple filling. However, if tooth decay has significantly damaged the tooth, it is often necessary to place a “crown cap” on the tooth. Crowns are placed on teeth that have large areas of decay that could break if restored with a simple filling material.