Stainless steel crowns

Stainless Steel Crowns may be recommended by our paediatric team for teeth that have large cavities, have had pulp therapy, or which are very weak teeth (severely hypoplastic).

After removing the decay, our paediatric team will fit and cement a prefabricated crown made of stainless steel over the tooth. These crowns cover the entire tooth surface to keep the tooth structure that remains (after the cavity removal) from fracturing or getting another cavity.

Stainless steel crowns (SSCs) look exactly what they sound like.  They are a silver-toned full-coverage restoration which are highly effective in sealing and protecting teeth from further bacterial invasion.

Here are some advantages of Stainless Steel Crowns :

  • Durable but inexpensive.
  • Full coverage protection for the tooth.
  • Very little sensitivity.
  • Less likely to need re-treatment.
  • More successful than metal fillings in children under four years old.
  • Good choice for children who need general anaesthesia.
  • Often used as an attachment for a space maintainer.

Frequently Asked Questions :

Your child might be considered for placement of Stainless Steel Crown if he or she has extensive decay on the teeth, broken down teeth or teeth that have undergone any pulp therapy. If your child requires a crown do give us a call and our Paediatric team will be more than happy to speak with you.

Local Anaesthetics may be given to your child in such a procedure. The correct size of crown will be chosen for your child and will be cemented onto the tooth in question using a special cement.

Your child's gums will be sensitive for several days after the placement of Stainless Steel crowns. If needed we will prescribe a mild pain killer for your child and instruct you on how to administer it.

The gums may bleed when eating or brushing teeth for several days after treatment. Continue brushing even if the gums are bleeding or sore. This ensures food does not get trapped and cause an infection in the gums.

Foods to Avoid after a Stainless Steel Crown

Because stainless steel crowns are glued into place with a special cement, we recommend several simple dietary restrictions. Avoiding these foods will give the cement the best chance to hold the crown in place.

Please avoid sticky or chewy foods, such as:

  •  Chewing Gum
  •  Raisins
  •  Fruit snacks
  •  Sticky candies
  •  Chikki
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