Stainless steel crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over an entire tooth. They are commonly used in pediatric dentistry as a way of preserving baby teeth that have become significantly decayed or damaged.
Although the primary teeth will eventually be lost to make room for permanent teeth, it is important that they are not lost prematurely. The premature loss of baby teeth can cause a variety of complications that can ultimately affect the permanent teeth. Therefore. Stainless steel crowns provide protection for baby teeth until they are naturally lost.
Of all the materials used for dental crowns there is the most concern over stainless steel. But stainless steel crowns are nontoxic because they are usually only used for temporary crowns. So they are in the mouth for a limited time until a more permanent crown can be made. Generally, the use of stainless steel crowns is more prevalent with children for several reasons
Your child may need a stainless steel crown if they have one or more teeth that are significantly decayed or damaged. Pediatric crowns are recommended in cases where a small dental filling is not enough to restore the tooth. If your child is in need of a baby root canal (pulp therapy). You can expect they will need to have a stainless steel crown placed following the procedure