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Pediatric dental crowns can restore your child’s smile.

Questions & answers

Stainless steel dental crowns

What are stainless steel crowns?

Stainless steel crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over an entire tooth. They are commonly used in pediatric dentistry as a way of preserving baby teeth that have become significantly decayed, require nerve treatment or are significantly damaged. Although the primary teeth will eventually be lost to make room for permanent teeth, it is important that they are not lost prematurely. The premature loss of baby teeth can cause a variety of complications that can ultimately affect the permanent teeth. Therefore, stainless steel crowns provide protection for baby teeth until they are naturally lost.

When are stainless steel crowns recommended?

Stainless steel dental crowns are recommended as the treatment of choice for children with extensive tooth decay or who have received a pulpotomy (also known as a baby tooth root canal). When baby teeth are severely decayed, a dental filling is unlikely to effectively restore their oral health. A stainless steel crown will restore the strength of the damaged tooth and help your child regain their oral health.

Did you know?

Primary teeth, also known as "baby" or "milk" teeth, are more susceptible to tooth decay because they have a thinner, softer enamel layer than permanent teeth. Additionally, the nerve layer in primary teeth is much closer to the surface of the tooth, which means infections extending into the nerve of the tooth can occur more easily in primary teeth.

Stainless steel dental crowns


Our dentists and team provide children’s dental crowns to help your child regain a healthy mouth and smile after their teeth are damaged. These crowns work to protect your child’s teeth from any further problems so that they can continue to enjoy their smile as they grow and develop. To make your child’s appointment and learn more, call Dentistry and Braces Group today and speak with a member of our team.


Children’s teeth are at great risk for developing cavities. Even though baby teeth are temporary, they play a vital role in your child’s smile and should receive proper care. When your child’s baby teeth are severely decayed, fillings are unlikely to be an effective treatment. Instead, our dentists may recommend a stainless steel dental crown. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends stainless steel dental crowns as the treatment of choice for children with extensive tooth decay or who have received a pulpotomy (a root canal procedure for primary teeth). A stainless steel crown provides many benefits, including:

  • Durability
  • Inexpensive treatment
  • Complete protection for the affected tooth
  • Little to no tooth sensitivity following treatment
  • Reduced likelihood of retreatment
  • Greater success than fillings in children younger than age 4
  • Children who need general anesthesia are more easily treated
  • Effective space maintainers — in fact, stainless steel crowns are often used as attachments for space maintainers

Our dentists and team are committed to providing your child with the best possible treatments to help them develop strong smiles and enjoy long-term oral health. We invite you to contact our office today for more information about stainless steel dental crowns for baby teeth and to make an appointment with our dentists.

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At Dentistry and Braces group, we believe that everyone deserves exceptional dental care, no matter their age or circumstance. For personalized, comprehensive dental care, contact our experienced dentists and make your appointment today.