Stainless Steel Crowns
A stainless steel crown is an extremely durable metal crown that has pre-formed anatomy and can be adapted to the tooth. They have been in use for over sixty years.
Pediatric stainless steel crowns have both research- and time-proven records of durability, longevity, and biocompatibility. Currently, there is no other material for pediatric molar crowns that would compare in all those characteristics to stainless steel.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Crowns
In certain cases, when a cavity is too large and involves multiple surfaces of a tooth, a stainless steel crown represents a better treatment option than a multi-surface filling. In addition, teeth that have undergone root canal therapy become weaker and must be covered with crowns.
Occasionally, children may have teeth with developmental or genetic defects that render teeth weak and prone to damage. In all those instances, a stainless steel crown will protect the tooth from further destruction and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.
Dental Crown Procedures
Pediatric dental crowns are done differently than adult dental crowns. First, the doctor will remove the decay from the tooth and reduce the circumference of a tooth in order to accommodate the crown. Next, we select an appropriate crown. We may make some adjustments in order to better adapt the crown to your child's tooth. Once we achieve a perfect fit, we will permanently seal the crown to your child's tooth.
Numbing medicine is always used during stainless steel crown placement. This makes the lip, cheek, and tongue numb on the side of the face where the crown was placed. Children who have not experienced this feeling before may scratch, suck, or chew on the numb lip, cheek, or tongue, which can later cause uncomfortable swelling or bruising. To prevent this, we ask that you watch your child closely and do not give them anything hard to eat for two hours after the procedure.
The gum tissue around the tooth may be slightly irritated. This is a normal part of the healing process! When prepping your child’s tooth for a crown, we need to ensure a close fit. This may cause some light bruising of the tissue. Following placement of the crowns, some parents will notice a purple or gray color around the gums, this is also normal and will subside over time with thorough daily brushing of the gums surrounding the crown. Avoid eating sticky foods until the next day after crown placement.
Caring for Your Child's Dentistry
In order to maintain your crowned tooth in good health, it is necessary to properly brush the gums surrounding the crown – make sure that toothbrush bristles are at a 45-degree angle toward the gums and that they massage the gums as you brush your child’s teeth. If brushing is neglected or not properly done, the gums surrounding the stainless steel crown will appear puffy, red, and infected.
If proper brushing is resumed, such gums will bleed easily but they will revert back to a healthy state in about two weeks of maintaining proper oral hygiene. Flossing is safe and is not going to remove the crown. Instead, flossing on a regular basis will maintain good gum health in between the crowns.
Care should be taken to avoid excessively sticky or chewy candy that can pull the crown off the tooth. You should also discourage your child from picking at the crown. In the event that a crown does come off the tooth, you should notify us at your earliest convenience. A trip to the office will be necessary in order to reattach the crown.
Longevity with Stainless Steel Crowns
Once the crown is bonded to your child’s tooth, it will become part of the tooth. If proper home care is performed, the stainless steel crown will last as long as the baby tooth lasts. When the time comes for the baby tooth to fall out, the crown will fall out with the tooth.
Contact Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry to Learn More about Stainless Steel Crowns
Protecting your child’s teeth is essential! Contact our Roswell, GA dental office to learn more about how stainless steel crowns can help your child maintain a healthy smile.