Tooth decay is a serious concern for thousands of Americans, both young and old. When a filling isn’t enough to save a damaged primary or permanent tooth, a dental crown may be necessary. You have many materials to choose from, each of which has its pros and cons. The main considerations you need to make when choosing a crown material include durability, aesthetics, allergies and cost.
If your young child is suffering from tooth decay and serious cavities in baby teeth, don’t assume the problem will solve itself when the teeth fall out. If decay makes a tooth fall out prematurely, there’s no longer a place holder for the adult tooth to follow. This could cause lasting dental problems.
To save a damaged baby tooth and help it remain in place until the adult tooth is ready to erupt, Dr. Evanson may recommend a temporary stainless steel crown. It covers the entire tooth and protects it from further decay. When the baby tooth falls out, the crown naturally comes with it.
Stainless steel is a preferred material for children’s crowns because:
- It’s cost effective.
- It has a fast placement time and doesn’t require multiple visits to the dentist.
- It’s durable enough to withstand the corrosive nature of saliva until the tooth is ready to fall out.
Temporary Dental Crowns
Stainless steel can also be used in teens and adults as a temporary crown over adult teeth until a permanent crown can be made from another material. The permanent material can’t always be installed immediately because, unlike temporary crowns that can be fabricated in the dentist’s office, permanent crowns must often be made in a dental laboratory.
Acrylic and polycarbonate resin are other temporary dental crown materials you can choose from. These tooth-colored crowns are often preferred over stainless steel for aesthetic reasons and in cases of metal allergies. Acrylic and polycarbonate crowns come in one universal shade that Dr. Evanson can modify to more precisely match your tooth color using cements and liners.
Permanent Dental Crowns
If tooth decay has taken its hold on your teeth, look into each of these permanent crown materials to help you decide which one is best:
Metals such as gold alloy, nickel, chromium and palladium are traditional dental crown materials. Less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with other crown materials, and metal is superior at withstands biting and chewing forces. These crowns rarely chip and tend to last the longest compared to other materials. The main drawback is the metallic color, which makes metal crowns best for out-of-sight molars.
Veneered crowns come in a few forms, including resin veneered stainless steel and porcelain veneered metal. These choices give you the strength of metal with a tooth-colored aesthetic. More of the tooth structure must be removed before being covered with this type of crown. This is also among the more expensive options.
Ceramic and Porcelain
All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns have a great color-matching aesthetic and may be more suitable than the above options for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as crowns with metal in them and may gradually wear down over time.
These types of crowns are tooth-colored, making them a good option for front teeth. Some contain a porcelain layer within the substructure or on the outer surface. These crowns are extremely durable and may be available in a single visit without the need for a temporary crown first. However, they are among the most expensive options.
To set up an appointment for you or your child to have a temporary or permanent crown put in, please contact Evanson DDS online or call us at (720) 409-0008.Leave a reply →