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.
A full and complete smile is important for a few reasons. While it can help you achieve the appearance you want, a full smile also allows you to speak and chew effectively. Of course, certain conditions may cause you to break or damage one or more teeth, affecting your look and oral health. Fortunately, restoring your smile is possible with dental crowns. Not all crowns are created equal, though. Most patients are surprised by the different materials available. This guide and your dentist will help you understand the benefits of different crown materials so you can determine which is the right solution for your tooth restoration.
Metal is one of the most common materials used to create dental crowns, and because metal crowns are so durable, it is easy to see why so many dentists recommend them.
Gold, platinum, and palladium are all examples of metals that can be used to create a dental crown, with gold being considered the "gold standard" by dentists. Recent studies have shown gold crowns have a 96 percent survival rate over a 10-year period.
Metal does not have the most realistic look, so most patients do not use these crowns on teeth in the front of their smile. However, they are excellent options for teeth in the back of the mouth, especially since their strength ensures they can withstand the heavy bite force of the back molars.
Ceramic crowns are also options to consider if you want to restore teeth in a way that looks natural and realistic. Many patients will choose a ceramic or porcelain crown for a damaged tooth in the front of their mouth, but use a metal crown on a damaged tooth in the back of their mouth.
Ceramic or porcelain crowns are made in a similar manner to metal, but they are made with a lighter, more translucent material that resembles the natural color of your teeth. The lighter material also places less stress on adjacent teeth, especially when compared to metal, which can wear down the enamel of nearby teeth.
Obviously, ceramic and porcelain crowns will not be as durable as metal. However, they are still great options for restoring a damaged tooth and protecting it from potential decay or further damage in the future.
Resin crowns may not be the most durable option, but they are definitely the most affordable type of crown.
Created out of a dental-grade resin material that is hardened and formed to fit the tooth, resin crowns can offer a bit of protection and restoration that will reduce the risk of further dental damage. Unfortunately, resin crowns can chip and crack easier than ceramic or porcelain crowns.
While they are suitable in some cases, most dentists recommend resin crowns as a short-term solution or temporary fix until another type of crown can be placed.
Porcelain Fused To Metal
If you are searching for a crown that offers the best of all worlds, opt for porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns. Also known as PFM crowns, these crowns consist of a porcelain cap that is secured to a metal base, as the name would suggest.
The benefits of PFM are endless. While they provide a durability that will stand the test of time, PFM crowns are also natural-looking, so they can be used on teeth located anywhere in the mouth without worrying about how they will affect your appearance.
Dental crowns restore your tooth, and they also provide protection against food residue and bacteria. Whether resin, porcelain, metal, or PFM, the various dental crowns available may be the answer for your smile's needs. For more information on these crowns, contact a facility like the AQ Denture and Dental Implant Center.