Children’s Dentistry

Stainless Steel Crowns

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Stainless Steel Crowns

As dentists working closely with children, we have observed the changes in dental disease appearing in children. The most noticeable change has been in the increase in decay, particularly in high-risk groups.
When a large surface of the tooth structure is affected by decay, prefabricated stainless steel crowns provide the most optimal and successful form of restoration.
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What are stainless steel crowns?

Stainless steel crowns are metal caps that offer an alternative way to repair a child’s decayed molar (back tooth). A cap is made to fit the exact size and shape of an entire tooth with deep cavities, so is hard to lose or damage. The surface is smooth, easy to clean and should last longer than the filling.

Benefits of stainless steel crowns

Stainless steel crowns are given for baby teeth with large amounts of decay or a cavity, as this prevents extraction of teeth. However, decayed teeth may need to be removed if infected or for other reasons. That way a space is kept in the child’s mouth awaiting the eruption of permanent teeth, when the baby tooth falls out naturally. The procedure of applying the crowns is similar to having a regular filling.

What happens after the procedure to place stainless steel crowns?

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After the procedure, as with any local anaesthetic, the child’s lips and cheek may feel numb for a time and biting a bit unusual for a few days. This will pass. The colour of the metal may make the gums appear blue, due to the metal under the tissue.

Even when the decayed tooth has been successfully treated, it is important for the child to brush their teeth regularly, as usual, even if the gums bleed slightly, as good oral hygiene is necessary to protect the rest of the child’s teeth from decay.

While the stainless steel crown will protect the treated tooth from further decay, it is important the child not be given sticky foods that might move the crown out of place. A nutritious diet and regular check-ups with your family dental partner Lillybrook Dental will establish good oral health patterns for life.

Any invasive or surgical procedure has risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual results can vary.

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