Stainless steel crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over a child's entire tooth. They are commonly used to preserve baby teeth that have become significantly decayed or damaged. Although the primary teeth will eventually be lost, they shouldn't be lost early. The premature loss of baby teeth can cause some complications that can affect the permanent teeth. Stainless steel crowns protect baby teeth until they are naturally lost.
Does My Child Need a Stainless Steel Crown?
Your child may need a stainless steel crown if they have one or more teeth that are significantly decayed or damaged. They are also recommended where a small dental filling is not enough to restore the tooth. If your child needs a baby root canal, they will need to have a stainless steel crown placed following the procedure.
How Do I Care for My Child’s Stainless Steel Crown?
You can help your child by encouraging them to brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. This will reduce the risk of bacteria getting under the stainless steel crown, and will also prevent other teeth from becoming decayed. You will also help your child avoid behaviors like chewing on ice, pens, toys, or hard candies. Although stainless steel crowns are strong, these behaviors may still cause damage to the crown. Please be sure to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings every six months so your child’s dentist can evaluate them.