White and Silver Crowns
If your child needs a dental crown, you’ll have the option for either a white or silver crown. We first want you to know that there isn’t a one-size-fits all solution and both options have their advantages. We’ll cover the differences below so you’ll be better informed on which crown fits your child’s needs.
Stainless Steel Crowns (Silver Crown)
Stainless steel crowns have a long history in dentistry. They’re reliable and extraordinarily strong, making them the perfect option for the molars in the back of the mouth that handle chewing.
Below are a few of the benefits silver crowns have over white ceramic options:
- Stronger than ceramic: The metal composition of silver crowns is a sturdy material that absorbs impact well, making them unlikely to chip or fracture.
- Cost-efficient: The material in silver crowns is at a lower price point than ceramic options. This is extra beneficial if more than one crown is necessary.
- More natural tooth structure: Less of the natural tooth structure is removed when preparing the tooth to get a silver crown.
Stainless steel crowns do not contain any mercury, making them especially safe options. They may contain nickel, so it’s important to inform our team if your child has any sensitivities or allergies before choosing their crown.
Zirconia Crowns (White Crowns)
White crowns are made with a ceramic or Zirconia compound that resembles natural teeth. They’re a modern crown option that are especially fitting for front teeth that are the stars of the show.
The natural looking appearance of white crowns is their greatest strength. They’ll restore and protect a primary tooth in seamless style until it falls out naturally. White crowns are often preferred for teeth with high visibility, or if your child has an allergy or condition to prevent the use of silver crowns.
Maintaining Dental Crowns
Crowns are amazing tools for restoring baby teeth until they’re ready to fall out naturally. They’re designed to be durable, but chipping or debonding is possible if not properly cared for.
Here are a few tips to protect your child’s crowns and the rest of their teeth:
- Avoid using teeth as a tool to open bags or bite nails
- Avoid crunching ice or sticky hard candy especially on teeth with fillings and crowns
- Wear a mouth guard to protect teeth while playing sports
Forming early oral habits will also extend the life of crowns until they’re ready to fall out on their own. Brush and floss twice a day, and schedule regular cleanings and exams at least twice a year to make sure your child’s teeth are on the right track.
Expert Guidance When You Need It
If your child needs a dental crown, our team will be at your side to help with any questions and provide expert guidance. Get in touch with us today to schedule your child’s next dental appointment with Aviator Pediatric Dentistry.