Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are the favored choice for most dentists when treating children. These metallic silver crowns are incredibly durable and are the ideal choice for molars. This is the case because these teeth endure the most pressure when eating or if your child clenches or grinds his or her teeth. They are also in the back of the mouth, making them less visible.

Stainless Steel crowns are used when your child has

  • A broken tooth that cannot be repaired by normal fillings.
  • Badly decayed teeth where little tooth structure remains.
  • To prevent breakage of a tooth because part of nerve has been removed.

The back molar teeth are used for chewing and therefore need to hold up under pressure, so a severely broken down tooth would be better served with a stainless steel crown. In most children the crowns are fairly well hidden because they are located in the back of the mouth. Metal crowns are extremely durable and have been deemed safe by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The crown can usually be placed within one appointment.  The crowned tooth usually falls out normally when the permanent tooth is ready to come in.

Instructions for Home Care of Stainless Steel Crowns

  • There are no restrictions on your child’s daily activities.
  • Encourage your child to brush right after eating. A clean mouth heals faster.
  • Avoid eating sweets to help prevent cavities.
  • NO hard, sticky food to prevent fracturing the crown.

Notify us if any of the following occur:

  • Gums around the crown become swollen or tender.
  • The tooth that has the crown becomes loose.
  • There is pain in that tooth.