Stainless Steel Crown
What is a Stainless Steel Crown?
A stainless steel crown is a preformed metal covering in the shape of a natural tooth placed over a primary or permanent molar tooth. Stainless steel crowns are very strong and durable and act to protect the entire tooth from future decay.
Why use a Stainless Steel Crown?
A stainless steel crown is recommended when the natural tooth surface has broken down from decay, malformation or injury, and a normal tooth filling is not strong enough to support the remaining tooth structure.
What else do I need to know?
Fitting a stainless steel crown involves cementing it to the tooth with a special long lasting adhesive material. A well fitting stainless steel crown should stay in place until the tooth falls out naturally (if it is a primary tooth). If it is on a permanent tooth, it may require replacement with a tooth coloured crown when the tooth has fully matured.
While the stainless steel surfaces are more visible than a white tooth, all stainless steel crowns are at the back of the mouth so not easily spotted. In our experience, parents are more worried than their children about crown appearance and they quickly adapt to their “special” tooth.
The benefits of a stainless steel crown are that they are long lasting, easy to keep clean, maintenance free and maintain tooth strength.