Crowns for Primary (Baby) Teeth
When a child’s primary tooth (also known as a baby tooth) is damaged or decayed, the dentist has two main options for restoring the tooth: a filling or a crown. Both fillings and crowns are commonly used in children’s dentistry to repair damaged teeth and prevent further decay.
A filling is a type of restoration that is used to repair a small cavity or hole in a tooth. Fillings are made from a variety of materials, including amalgam (a mixture of metals), composite (a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture), and glass ionomer (a type of cement). At Brite Bite, we provide only tooth coloured fillings. During a filling procedure, the dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and then fill the resulting cavity with the chosen material.
A crown is a type of restoration that covers the entire surface of the tooth. Crowns are typically used when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be repaired with a filling. They can also be used to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including stainless steel, ceramic, and resin.
What the difference between stainless steel crowns and zirconia crowns?
Stainless steel crowns and prefabricated zirconia crowns are both types of dental crowns that are commonly used in children’s dentistry.
Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are made from a metallic material. They are strong, durable, and relatively easy to place, making them a popular choice for use in children’s dentistry. Stainless steel crowns are often used to restore primary teeth that have been damaged or decayed beyond the point where a filling can be used. They can also be used as a temporary restoration for a permanent tooth that is awaiting a more permanent restoration.
Prefabricated zirconia crowns, on the other hand, are made from a ceramic material. They are strong and durable, and they are more ethetic. Prefabricated zirconia crowns are more expensive than stainless steel crowns, but they offer the benefits of a more natural-looking restoration and the ability to blend in with the surrounding teeth.
In terms of durability and strength, both stainless steel crowns and prefabricated zirconia crowns are suitable for use in children’s dentistry. The main difference between the two is the material they are made from, with stainless steel being a more economical option and prefabricated zirconia offering a more natural-looking and customizable restoration. The choice between the two will depend on the specific situation and the preferences of the patient and dentist