While we prefer to use a white composite filling whenever possible, there are times when a child’s tooth may be too badly damage for a filling. In these circumstances a dental crown may need to be used. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to prevent further damage or decay. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials that will best meet the patient’s needs. Often times, we recommend using a less noticeable tooth colored porcelain crown when repairing a front tooth and a stainless steel crown when repairing a molar.