Esthetic White Crowns
Until recently, stainless steel (metal) crowns were the only option for fixing badly decayed baby molars. We are proud to offer an esthetic alternative. Our practice uses ceramic zirconia crowns to restore both front and back baby teeth.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WHITE AND METAL CROWNS?
A small cavity can often be repaired with a conventional white filling. Baby teeth with larger cavities may require crowns in any of the following scenarios:
ESTHETIC WHITE CROWNS
Metal crowns are made out of stainless steel. They have been used for many years and have a very high success rate. They are silver in colour. Because of the dark contrast, they are more visible in the mouth.
White crowns are made out of ceramic zirconia. They are highly polished and have a very esthetic appearance. It is very difficult to differentiate between a tooth that has a white crown and one that does not.
HOW LONG SHOULD A CROWN LAST?
Front teeth are replaced with permanent teeth between ages 6-8; back teeth are replaced between ages 10-12. When the tooth is ready to fall out, the new tooth pushes on the baby tooth and causes the roots to disintegrate. A tooth that has a cap (white or silver), will fall out on its own and does not require any special procedure to remove it.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE TOOTH IS READY TO FALL OUT?
Crowns should last until the tooth is ready to fall out on its own, provided that proper home care and often maintenance has been done.