Pediatric Stainless Steel Crowns, Pediatric Dentists Norwood
Steel crowns are pre-made crowns that are used to cover and protect baby teeth (milk teeth). They are generally used on the back teeth but can also be used on the front teeth as well. The reason that stainless steel crowns are used is because the material they are made of is very durable and can last a long time.
Crowns are indicated in cases where a cavity has affected so much tooth structure that the tooth is susceptible to fracture and a filling material alone cannot be used to repair the tooth. Crowns are also placed when the pulp/nerve has been removed. The pulp/nerve is the blood supply of the tooth, and when it is removed due to infection, the tooth becomes very susceptible to fracture. Although these crowns are silver colored, they do not contain mercury. Ideally, these crowns will act as natural teeth and will fall out when the baby tooth normally falls out.
When are stainless steel crowns used?
- When severe damage has been done to the tooth and requires a cover
- When the crown has been broken or fractured and cannot be removed
- When children have a high rate of dental caries
When it is time for the milk teeth to fall out the stainless steel crown will fall out with it. It does not affect the growth of adult teeth in any way.