Crowns 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. Covington will discuss with you the options and her recommendation.
Stainless Steel Crowns are placed on primary teeth to protect, seal and strengthen a tooth:
- After large decay has been removed
- After a pulpotomy has been performed
- To correct a malformed tooth
- 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 your child has received a stainless steel crown, it is important that he/she does not eat sticky foods such as fruit snacks or tootsie rolls as this can pull off the crown. Also, it is very important to maintain proper oral hygiene and brushing by the gumline. If plaque accumulates in the area where the crown was placed the gums may become irritated or sore.