What it is. Stainless Steel Crowns protects the entire tooth from further decay. They are a superior restoration to composites and they provide the greatest durability, longevity, and protection from future cavities. The only drawback is their aesthetics as some parents object to their silver appearance.
Why we do it. Stainless Steel Crowns are placed for several reasons: when the cavities are too big to support a composite filling; after a nerve treatment; to cover multiple surfaces on high-risk patients; or to support a space maintainer. These are just a few of the reasons we place stainless steel crowns. Because we strive to only work on a baby tooth once, stainless steel crowns are often the treatment of choice and are usually in the best interest of the child.
We understand the aesthetic demands of parents and patients alike. For decayed teeth in front, we have several aesthetic options such as composite fillings or tooth colored crowns.
What to expect. During your child’s appointment, he or she will be given laughing gas for relaxation. If needed, we will also put the tooth “to sleep” so your child’s visit is a painless experience. Children’s treatment appointments typically last for 45 minutes or less.