I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Dental crowns used to remedy issues like decay in the tooth and dental pulp can come in a variety of different materials. Patients are often uncertain which material is best.
You should discuss all of the options with your dentist before your dental crown implant procedure. Some materials are better than others depending on factors like the location of the crown in the mouth, the desired longevity of the crown, and the necessary strength of the crown.
The following are major advantages and disadvantages of the most common dental crown materials:
Typical metals that are used in the manufacture of metal dental crowns are palladium alloys, gold alloys, or nickel alloys. This type of crown is strong and will be the least likely to chip or wear down over time. Another big advantage of metal crowns is that their strength allows them to be used without removing as much of the existing tooth structure as is required with composite resin crowns or ceramic crowns, for example.
The only problem with metal crowns is that they are very conspicuous. Crowns made purely of metal cannot be disguised to appear like real teeth. Therefore, metal crowns are typically only used to replace teeth located at the back of the mouth.
Composite resin crowns can be made to appear like real teeth, so they are appropriate for replacing teeth located at the front of the mouth. However, their color can become warped by stains over time.
Unlike metal crowns, composite resin crowns will wear down over time and may need to be replaced at some point in the future.
Ceramic or porcelain
Ceramic or porcelain crowns mimic the appearance of real teeth very well. Like composite resin, ceramic/porcelain crowns can be designed to look just like real teeth. At the same time, they are not prone to staining over time like composite resin crowns are. They are therefore a great option when it comes to aesthetics.
On the other hand, ceramic/porcelain crowns are not as durable as metal crowns. They can become chipped. Another problem is that they may wear down your natural teeth over time.
Porcelain combined with metal
Dental crowns that combine porcelain with metal offer the strength of metal crowns with the aesthetic advantages of ceramic/porcelain. However, it's possible for the ceramic/porcelain portions of the crown to chip away over time so that they will need to be replaced or repaired through a process such as dental bonding.
For more information on crowns, talk to a dentist at an office like the Four Corners Dental Group.