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Dental advancements and technology are always growing and further developing. Have you heard about this dental crown gaining popularity, the stainless steel dental crown? Among the variety, the stainless steel crowns have a growing rate of dentists in favor of them over the others. They have a perfect fit and create strong protection over deep cavities to prevent further rotting. Sounds like a great option to me, but what are some favorable qualities and drawbacks?
For a better understanding of the comparisons, there are different types of stainless steel crowns. To start, there are the straight sides. These types of crowns have margins that follow gingival contours. These contours will be trimmed and crimped by your dentist as required to create a custom fit and protection. Next, the pre-crimped or pre-formed! Here, the manufacturer provides the gingival crimp. Your dentist cannot readjust it. As a result, your dentist would prepare the teeth for the crown. Lastly, the open faced. Open-faced stainless steel dental crowns are used for the front teeth. They have a layer of plastic on the front to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Wow, so there is quite a variety to suit different needs and preferences!
So what is it that makes stainless steel dental crowns more preferable than the others? Stainless steel crowns are actually a cheaper and simpler alternative to fillings, even compared to both the natural tooth colored ones and amalgam. For cases with larger cavities, stainless steel crowns have proved to be better to protect the teeth from more serious damage like developmental disorders or when the pulp is removed. Sounds scary to let the damage of your teeth get this serious, right? Not only are these crowns strong, but also they’re also long lasting. If a crown or filling needs to withstand more than 2 years of use and wear and tear, then you can trust the stainless steel crown to offer you this long-term protection.
It gets better! The surfaces of the stainless steel crowns have a smooth and polished surface. This means they’re clean and easy to maintain! In cases with baby teeth, these crowns can help restore damaged teeth and make provision of space for the coming permanent ones. They will naturally fall out when the baby teeth fall out. Let’s mention again that they are cost effective 🙂 There is the price of installation, but it does not require multiple visits. For more sensitive teeth, stainless steel crowns are ideal where bleeding of the gums is not in a controlled state. It’s easier on the teeth! These crowns are good for adults too! They may not be as popular for adults, but they’re a common method of temporary protection until the laboratory manufactures a permanent crown that is colored to match the teeth.
Well now we know how great they are, but what are the flaws of stainless steel crowns? Since it is pertaining to the teeth and smile, you could imagine that appearance plays a part in this. Some patients chose not to receive a stainless steel crown due to their appearance. When they are used, they’re normally preferred for the back teeth where they are more concealed. Even in these circumstances, the stainless steel looks a bit bulky even with the open-faced crowns, which also have visible outlines.
Sounds like an effective crown to me! Although, considering my age and permanent teeth, I’d opt for a color to match my teeth!
Theriot Family Dental is a comprehensive care facility located in Lafayette, LA. We specialize in pediatric and family dentistry, sedation dentistry, and crown-in-a-day service. Dr. John Theriot and his staff pride themselves on providing Lafayette’s most gentle and caring service in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Visit our website or Facebook page to read more about our office and staff.