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Cheng Crowns pediatric crowns are the #1 choice of dentists for their use, durability, retention and aesthetics.
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What Different Types of Pediatric Crowns Are There?

Dentists today use five main types of pediatric crowns: resin-veneered, zirconia ceramic, stainless steel, composite strip, and polycarbonate. Each of these crown types has advantages and disadvantages that dictate its suitability for different applications. Some of the most important factors considered by dentists when choosing a crown type are durability, aesthetics, retentiveness, adaptability, placement time, allergenicity, and cost.

 

Resin Veneer Crowns

Stainless steel crowns with white facings are resin veneered crowns that combine the durability of a stainless steel crown with the aesthetics of a resin facing. Although they are less sensitive to hemorrhage and moisture during placement, their limited crimpability requires a greater removal of tooth structure. Resin veneered crowns are typically more expensive than stainless steel, composite strip, and polycarbonate crowns.

Resin Veneer Crowns in Pediatric Dentistry
Resin Veneered Crowns:

Stainless steel with resin overlay
Anterior and Posterior use

ADVANTAGES:
DISADVANTAGES:
  • Durable
  • Good aesthetics
  • Insensitive to hemorrhage or moisture
  • Higher cost
  • Limited trimming or crimping of crown
  • Potential allergenicity

 

Zirconia Ceramic Crowns

Zirconia ceramic crowns are made from zirconium oxide stabilized by yttrium oxide, thus giving them the name yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). Some zirconia ceramic crowns may contain porcelain layered within their substructure or on their outer surface. They are extremely strong, and typically cost more than many other crowns.

Zirconia Crowns Pediatric Dentistry – White Pediatric Dental Crowns
Zirconia Ceramic Crowns

Monolithic ceramic
Anterior and Posterior use

ADVANTAGES:
DISADVANTAGES:
  • Exceptional durability
  • Excellent aesthetics
  • Highly biocompatible
  • No metal
  • Plaque resistant
  • High cost
  • Inability to contour
  • Increased operatory time for placement

 

Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns have been used by dentists since the late 1940’s. The blend of iron, carbon, chromium and other metals that make up stainless steel prevents corrosion otherwise exacerbated by saliva. They are very durable, but do not have a natural tooth color and are primarily used on molar teeth for aesthetic reasons.

Stainless Steel Crown for Children – Stainless Steel Crowns in Pediatric Dentistry
Stainless Steel Crowns:

Stainless steel material
Used primarily on molar teeth

ADVANTAGES:
DISADVANTAGES:
  • Durable
  • Retentive
  • Low cost
  • Easy to trim and contour
  • Adaptable to occlusion
  • Fast placement time
  • Insensitive to hemorrhage or moisture
  • Poor aesthetics
  • Potential allergenicity

 

Composite Clearfix Crowns

Composite strip crowns are applied using a hardening composite and a clear plastic form or mold. Although these materials provide an aesthetic restoration, they are also susceptible to fracture. Because the hardening composite inside composite strip crown forms must adhere to dentin and enamel, their placement is sensitive to hemorrhage and moisture.

Composite Strip Crowns in Pediatric Dentistry – Resin Based Composite Crown
Composite Strip Crowns:

Composite material
Used primarily on anterior teeth

ADVANTAGES:
DISADVANTAGES:
  • Excellent aesthetics
  • Moderate cost
  • Technique-sensitive
  • Low durability
  • Require adequate hemorrhage and moisture control

 

Polycarbonate Crowns

Formed from acrylic or polycarbonate resin shells and cemented with self adhesive resin, polycarbonate crowns provide an aesthetic, tooth-colored restoration at a low cost. Their durability varies from application to application, but they are most often used for temporary restorations. Polycarbonate crowns come in one universal shade, which can be modified with cements and liners.

Polycarbonate Crowns in Pediatric Dentistry - Polycarboxylate Crown
Poloycarbonate Crowns:

Heat-molded plastic
Used primarily on anterior teeth

ADVANTAGES:
DISADVANTAGES:
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Low cost
  • Technique-sensitive
  • Require adequate hemorrhage and moisture control

 

Cheng Crown Pediatric Crown Options

Cheng Crowns pioneered the field of aesthetic restoration in primary teeth with its introduction of the world’s first pre-veneered pediatric crown in 1987. Since this beginning, they have been committed to working with leading pediatric dentists and new technologies to consistently produce the most aesthetic, functional, and durable pediatric crowns available. Cheng Crowns currently offers two complementary products to meet the unique demands of all dental practices: resin-veneered stainless crowns, called Cheng Crowns Classics, and zirconia crowns, called Cheng Crowns Zirconia.

 

Cheng Crowns Classic

Stainless Steel Crowns with White Facings - Pediatric Stainless Steel Crowns

Cheng Crowns Classics have undergone dozens of innovations since their 1987 introduction as an aesthetic alternative to regular pediatric stainless steel crowns. They are still meticulously and individually handcrafted by experienced craftsmen, and are renowned for their exceptional quality. These crowns’ high quality resin veneers are not only thin, but pre-contoured and deep lustre-glazed to make them natural-looking and easy-to-place.

 

Cheng Crowns Zirconia

Zirconia Crowns for Primary Teeth

Our most recent introduction, Cheng Crowns Zirconia pediatric crowns are all-ceramic no-metal crowns that incorporate the most state-of-the-art dental materials and manufacturing technologies. Made from European-origin zirconia, they are slim and thin by design, boast the highest flexural strength rating in the industry, and feature exclusive SmartPolish technology and CrimpLock retentive margins.