Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless steel crowns, also known as silver crowns, are prefabricated metal caps used in dentistry to restore and protect damaged or decayed primary (baby) teeth or occasionally permanent teeth, especially in the back of the mouth. Stainless steel crowns are an essential and widely used restorative option in pediatric dentistry. They provide a reliable and practical solution for preserving primary teeth until they naturally fall out, allowing proper development of the underlying permanent teeth. Consult our board-certified pediatric dentist for the best advice.
Material: Stainless steel crowns are made from a durable and corrosion-resistant alloy of metals, primarily containing chromium and nickel. This makes them strong and suitable for withstanding the chewing forces in the back of the mouth.
Usage: They are commonly used in pediatric dentistry for children with extensive tooth decay or severely damaged primary teeth that cannot be restored with traditional fillings. Stainless steel crowns offer a long-lasting and effective solution for such cases.
Pre-Fabricated: Stainless steel crowns come pre-fabricated in various sizes and shapes to fit different primary teeth. The dentist selects the appropriate crown size and modifies it to fit the specific tooth during the dental visit.
Temporary Solution: In children, these crowns are considered temporary because primary teeth naturally fall out as permanent teeth come in. However, they may stay in place for several years until the natural tooth exfoliates.
Strength and Durability: Stainless steel crowns are robust and can withstand the forces of chewing and grinding, making them suitable for the back teeth, where the chewing forces are the strongest.
Cost-Effectiveness: They are a cost-effective option for restoring primary teeth since they are pre-made and require minimal chair-side customization.
Visible Appearance: Stainless steel crowns have a silver color, which can be more noticeable in the mouth compared to tooth-colored restorations like white crowns or fillings. However, their location at the back of the mouth often makes them less visible.
Don't wait until it's too late to protect your child's teeth. Contact us today to learn more about Stainless Steel Crowns for your kids' teeth. Schedule an appointment for your child.