At Lifetime Dental Care we follow the recommendation for use of stainless steel crowns as set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. These guidelines are the following:
- If a pulpotomy (nerve treatment) is indicated.
- The tooth has such a large area of decay making the remaining tooth structure insufficient to hold a traditional filling.
- A tooth has formed incorrectly or has fractured.
The stainless steel crowns silver full coverage crowns and are the best treatment for your child, when indicated. If a filling were to be done on the tooth it could fail. Your child might need to have the tooth retreated in the future (which might not be covered by your insurance), or extracted. In most cases, the stainless steel crown should last until the tooth comes out naturally. Proper hygiene and dietary practices as well as routine follow up visits are important to ensure the longevity of your crown.