What is a Stainless Steel Crown?
A stainless steel crown is a metal cap used by Dentists and Oral Health Therapists to restore severely decayed baby molar teeth (back teeth) and to prevent it decaying further.
Why are Stainless Steel Crowns used?
- Tooth is severely damaged with decay
- Crown (top) of tooth is fractured or broken
- Abnormalities from birth or diseases
- Children with a high rate of dental decay
- When no other restorative material can be used to save the tooth
- Prevents the tooth from further decay
- May be an alternative to removing the tooth
- Will fall out naturally when the baby tooth falls out
After the Crown has been applied
After the procedure:
- Make sure the child does not bite their cheek or lip as the soft tissues will be numb (until the local anaesthetic wears off)
- Child may find that their biting may feel unusual for the first few days
- Gums may appear blue – this is due to the colour of the metal under the gum tissue
- It is very important that your child brushes and flosses as usual, even if the gum looks swollen or bleeds.
- Avoid giving the your child sticky foods which may move the crown out of place
The crown will not protect the rest of your child’s teeth from decay. It will protect only the tooth it covers from further decay. So make sure your child continues to:
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily
- Floss once a day (recommended before bed)
- Provide your child with a healthy, nutritious, low-sugar diet
- Visit your Oral Health Therapist every 6 months