What is a Stainless Steel Crown and why does my child need it?
Stainless Steel Crowns (SSCs) have become a controversial topic recently and we are here to explain our position. SSCs are pre-fabricated crowns that snap onto primary teeth, or baby teeth, to restore function. When baby teeth develop large cavities, we have to chase the decay and remove them. After removal of large decay, SSCs could be needed if the cavity has reached the nerve or if there isn't enough remaining tooth structure to put a filling on.
Why Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is used because this thin metal is able to be bent and snap onto teeth, effectively grabbing the teeth securely. Porcelain crowns don't allow flexing because it will fracture the crown. Porcelain is commonly used for adult crowns, but not for pre-fabricated baby teeth crowns.
At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we strongly believe in conservative dentistry. This means if the baby tooth only requires a filling then that's what we will do. We will only do an SSC if the teeth condition requires it, not because of anything else. If we recommended an SSC for your child, we will provide a detailed explanation and show you the large cavity on the x-ray and whatever is visible in the mouth. If your child's oral condition requires multiple SSCs, we may refer your child to a pediatric dentist to complete the work under deeper sedation.
We Want to Do Right By You
Our long-term goal is to gain the community's trust through good and responsible service. We will never randomly place a bunch of SSCs on your child's teeth for no reasons. Please call to inquire more information regarding SSCs and our practice.