What is a stainless steel crown?
Pediatric dentists commonly use stainless steel crowns to protect and restore baby teeth that have become significantly decayed or damaged. A stainless steel crown is a tooth-shaped cap that dentists place over an entire tooth.
Why are stainless steel crowns used for children?
Baby teeth have thinner enamel and the pulp layer is closer to the surface, making them more susceptible to tooth decay and infection. It protect baby teeth from further decay and damage, and cover teeth treated with a baby root canal.
What are the benefits of stainless steel crowns for children?
Stainless steel crowns have a number of benefits, including:
- Strength and durability: Stainless steel crowns are very strong and durable, making them ideal for active children who are more likely to chip or crack their teeth.
- Affordability: Stainless steel crowns are relatively inexpensive, making them a good option for budget-minded families.
- Convenience: Stainless steel crowns can be placed in a single dental appointment, saving time and hassle for parents and children alike.
- Longevity: Stainless steel crowns typically last until the baby tooth falls out naturally, providing years of protection and function.
How is a stainless steel crown placed?
To place a stainless steel crown, your child’s dentist will first prepare the tooth by removing any decay or damaged tissue. If a baby root canal is needed, this will also be performed.
After preparing the tooth, your dentist will take an impression to create a custom-made stainless steel crown.
Once the crown is ready, your dentist will cement it in place over the tooth. The entire procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.
What can I expect after my child has a stainless steel crown placed?
Once your dentist places your child’s crown, prevent them from eating until the numbness from the anesthetics wears off to avoid damaging the soft tissues. Depending on the level of dental sedation used, your child may also experience some residual sleepiness, so monitor them throughout the day. To manage any discomfort they feel while their tooth adjusts to the crown, give them over-the-counter pain medications. You may also find that providing them with a temporary soft foods diet makes chewing easier.
How do I care for my child’s stainless steel crown?
To care for a stainless steel crown, brush your child’s teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Also, help them avoid chewing on hard candies or ice cubes. Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months so your child’s dentist can check the crown and ensure it stays in good condition.
Frequently asked questions:
How long will the crown last?
Stainless steel crowns typically last until the baby tooth falls out naturally, usually around age 12.
What happens if the crown falls off?
If the crown falls off, call your child’s dentist right away. The dentist will re-cement the crown in place.
Can my child eat and drink normally with a stainless steel crown?
Yes, your child can eat and drink normally with a stainless steel crown, so avoid chewing hard or sticky foods.
Will my child’s crown be noticeable?
Stainless steel crowns are silver in color, so they will be more noticeable than natural teeth. However, many children do not mind the appearance of stainless steel crowns.
If you have any other questions or concerns about stainless steel crowns for children, please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s dentist. Contact us at Sbenati Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and learn more about Stainless Steel Crowns. https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview
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