Stainless steel crowns, also referred to as pediatric crows are a type of dental crowns that are fabricated out of highly durable and strong materials such as metal to treat tooth decay and dental trauma in a child’s teeth. When placed over a primary tooth, the crown is built to last for the remaining lifespan of the tooth and will naturally fall out when the tooth does.
When these crowns are placed over permanent teeth, they are usually placed over the molars to prevent damage, hold a broken tooth together, and add strength to the vulnerable tooth that has to withstand chewing forces. It may later be replaced with a more aesthetic tooth-colored restoration when the tooth is not so vulnerable to damage. Contact your Southborough pediatric dentist today if your child is in need of a dental crown.
We will first need your child to come in for an oral exam and x-rays to be taken of your tooth so we can assess how much damage has been done to the tooth and if a pulpotomy is necessary.
After numbing your child’s mouth, about 1.5mm will need to be removed from around the crown of the tooth to prepare it for a stainless steel crown. This creates enough room for the cap to fit over the tooth.
Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated and come in a range of sizes. Dr. Naomi will determine the correct size crown to place over your child’s tooth and have a fitting to ensure it feels and looks right. Additional trimming can be performed.
If the crown is sufficient, Dr. Naomi will cement the crown to the tooth to complete the procedure.
Stainless steel crowns are unbeatable in terms of strength and durability. When a child is missing significant tooth structure due to oral trauma, tooth decay, a large filling, or has been weakened from root canal treatment, they will need additional protection to prevent damage and breakage to the tooth.
This is especially important in the rear molars which are used for chewing and risk fracturing if they are not protected with a crown. A fracture that runs up to the tooth’s root can put your child’s oral health in serious jeopardy, risking infection.
A stainless steel crown is specifically designed out of the most durable materials for a long lifespan. This is why they are the standard treatment in primary teeth because other crowns which are made for optimal aesthetics have a decreased lifespan.
The stainless steel crown will last for the remaining lifespan of the tooth and fall out along with it. They can also be placed in permanent teeth and later replaced. Studies have shown that they have an 88% success rate with an average service rate of 45 months.
Stainless steel crowns are considerably more cost-effective than other dental crowns, especially given their superior durability. Out of all of the crown materials, stainless steel is by far the most affordable, even over other metal crowns. This is because these crowns require additional costs for materials, impressions, outside dental labs, and additional appointments.