Silver vs. While: Choosing the Best Crowns for Your Child

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Often, they protect a weak tooth or restore a broken tooth. When it comes to dental crowns, there are many options available. Two of the most common types are silver and white crowns–but which one is the best choice for your child? In this blog, Colleyville pediatric dentist Dr. Jairo Montoya explores the differences between silver and white dental crowns and can help you make an informed decision.

When deciding between white and silver crowns, these are the five factors to consider:

1. Materials Used

    Silver crowns, also known as stainless steel crowns, are made of a combination of metals, including nickel, chromium, and molybdenum. They are strong and durable, making them a popular choice among pediatric dentists.

    Also known as porcelain or ceramic crowns, white crowns are made of a tooth-colored material that mimics the appearance of natural teeth. Generally, white crowns are made of porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of both.

    2. How They Are Used

    If your child needs a baby tooth protected, a silver crown might be the better option because they are cost-effective, easy to place, and can withstand the wear and tear of children’s teeth. 

    On the other hand, white crowns are frequently used for front teeth, as they provide a more natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. While ceramic crowns are also used for back teeth, they may not be as durable as silver crowns.

    As a rule of thumb, If the tooth is in the front of your mouth, a white crown may be a better choice for aesthetics. If it is a back tooth, a silver crown may be more suitable.

    3. Cost Comparison

    Silver crowns are one of the most affordable options for dental crowns. On the other hand, white crowns are generally more expensive than silver crowns. If cost is a significant factor, silver crowns may be the better option.

    4. Potential Allergies

    Some people may be allergic to the metals used in silver crowns, which can cause irritation and discomfort. If your child has a known allergy to metals, white crowns may be a safer choice. Unlike silver crowns, white crowns do not contain metals. Therefore, they do not trigger allergic reactions to metal.

    5. Resilience

    Due to the durable nature of metal, silver crowns can withstand the pressure of chewing and grinding, making them a good choice for children. Nevertheless, porcelain and ceramic crowns are strong and can withstand the pressure of chewing and grinding. While durable, white crowns can chip or break if not cared for properly. If your child is rough with their teeth, silver crowns are the more resilient option.

    Consult with Our Colleyville Pediatric Dentist

    When it comes to choosing between silver and white dental crowns, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It ultimately depends on your individual needs and preferences. With proper care, both types of crowns can help restore your smile and improve your oral health.

    Ultimately, the best way to determine which type of crown is right for you is to consult with your Colleyville pediatric dentist. Dr. Montoya can assess your little one’s specific needs and recommend the best option for their situation.

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