White Crowns Vs. Stainless Steel Crowns: What Are The Differences?
- November 13th, 2017
- Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings that are cemented to a given tooth. Pediatric dental crowns may be recommended for several different reasons. Often they are used to repair and restore baby teeth that are heavily decayed (large cavities are found on two or more surfaces of a tooth). However, dental crowns may also be used in the event that your child has fractured a tooth or has a primary tooth that has not developed the way it should.
There are several different types of pediatric dental crowns, including white crowns and stainless steel crowns. Both types have notable differences, and this blog post will take a look at the differences in more detail.
White Crowns Vs. Stainless Steel Crowns: What’s The Difference?
- White Dental Crowns
White dental crowns are made out of tooth-coloured material that is similar to ceramic. Specifically, white dental crowns are made out of zirconia. Some people opt for white crowns because they can look like a natural tooth. They will also not cause an allergic response, which is a possibility with stainless steel crowns, as you will see below.
However, white crowns do not adapt easily to an existing tooth – and can’t be crimped for mechanical retention. White crowns rely on glue to keep them in place, but this glue will eventually degrade with time.
- Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are the most commonly used crowns in pediatric dentistry and also have been used in dental practices for years. Stainless steel crowns are made out of metal (a combination of iron, carbon, chromium and other types of metal) and therefore are visible in your child’s mouth. For this reason, they are typically used on molar teeth.
Stainless steel crowns are durable and strong. They are also one of the most cost effective options when it comes to pediatric dental crowns. Stainless steel crowns can also be easily placed — a single dental visit is all that is required. As mentioned above, stainless steel crowns do have allergenic potential.
In short, white dental crowns and stainless steel crowns are made out of different materials; white dental crowns have the benefit of being tooth coloured. Stainless steel crowns, however, are highly durable, cost-effective, and long-lasting.
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