on primary ("baby") teeth are typically made of stainless steel
(for strength) and are silver in color. Sometimes on front teeth white crowns
can be used. Dr. Sexton will discuss with you the options and his recommendation.
Stainless Steel Crowns
are placed on primary teeth to protect, seal and strengthen a tooth:
- After large decay has
- After a pulpotomy has
- To correct a malformed
- To preserve a tooth
with severe attrition.
Stainless steel crowns
are considered a good temporary restoration to save the primary tooth until
the permanent tooth can erupt and take its space. Keeping the primary tooth
if at all possible is very important.
A primary tooth can be
restored with a stainless steel crown during one appointment. The decay is
removed, the tooth is shaped for a crown then the crown is cemented. A crowned
tooth must be brushed and flossed just like other teeth.
If a permanent tooth requires
a crown, your child will be referred to a general dentist for that procedure.