Dental crowns can be a great alternative to extraction and the use of an implant for teeth that have been badly damaged by decay or other means. While there are many material options available, a few options stand out the most due to their durability and ability to blend in with the surrounding teeth. Below are three of the most common material options for dental crowns and their pros and cons.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are a commonly used material within pediatric dentistry, as they are pre-made and can be fitted within one appointment.
While not the most aesthetically pleasing option, stainless steel crowns are a great option for primary (baby) teeth. For teeth that have been significantly damaged by decay, it's important that space is still saved for the adult teeth. Stainless steel crowns not only save space for those adult teeth, but they also ensure your child's speech, chewing, and other functions aren't impaired by lack of proper tooth alignment and support. While other materials can be used with children, stainless steel is the most common.
While it's important that adults retain the ability to speak and eat with as much ease as possible, it's also important that the crowns match the surrounding teeth in color as much as possible if these teeth are visible.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are great for permanent teeth that are in the front of the mouth because, like stainless steel, they're strong, but unlike stainless steel, they can be matched to the color of your surrounding teeth. While these crowns may be prone to chipping or breaking off, they're still a common option for front teeth.
A popular option for those who are most concerned with creating a natural look, all-porcelain crowns are crowns that can best be matched to the surrounding teeth, and are therefore, commonly used in front teeth.
While not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, they have a truer color all throughout. With porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, the metal may be visible in certain places, especially near the gumline. This is never a concern with all-porcelain crowns, as the material is the same throughout the crown.
If you require a dental crown, don't fret. With so many options available, your dentist is sure to help you find the material that is right for you. Speak with your dentist today about all of the options available to you, and to learn more about the specifics of the procedure.