Paediatric dentists may recommend stainless steel crowns for baby teeth when there’s extensive decay, a risk of further decay, or when a tooth has been treated with a pulpotomy or pulpectomy (baby tooth root canal). They are typically used for molars but can be used for other teeth as necessary.
Indications for a Stainless Steel Crown:
Symptoms and Signs Suggesting the Need for a Stainless Steel Crown:
Stainless steel crowns are durable, able to withstand the biting and chewing forces, and offer full coverage protection for the tooth, preventing further decay or damage. The process of placing a stainless steel crown is typically completed in one visit and is less technique-sensitive compared to other types of crowns, which makes them highly suitable for children’s dental care.
The decision to place a stainless steel crown is based on a clinical examination, dental X-rays, and the child’s overall oral health status. The crowns are a cost-effective and practical option to ensure the longevity of a baby tooth until it naturally falls out and is replaced by a permanent tooth.