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Stainless Steel Crowns

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Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are tooth-shaped caps made of stainless steel. These crowns are used in pediatric dentistry to preserve baby teeth that have been severely decayed or damaged. Premature loss of baby teeth can lead to a host of problems that could eventually affect permanent teeth. Crowns protect baby teeth from being lost prematurely.

Primary teeth have a thinner enamel coating than permanent teeth, so they are more vulnerable to tooth decay. Primary teeth also have a pulp layer that is thinner than permanent teeth. This means that pulp infections are more common in primary teeth.

Your Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics dentist will evaluate your child to determine whether a crown is right for your child.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stainless Steel Crowns

When is a Stainless Steel Crown Necessary?

If your child has severely decayed or damaged teeth, a crown made of stainless steel may be necessary. A pediatric crown is recommended for cases where a small filling cannot restore the tooth. If your child needs a baby root canal, they can expect to need a stainless-steel crown.

How are Stainless Steel Crowns Applied?

After your child has relaxed, your Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics dentist will start to remove any decayed or damaged tissues from the tooth. To remove any decay inside the pulp chamber, sometimes nerve treatment which is called a pulpotomy may be necessary. Your child is ready for a crown once all decayed tissue has been removed.

What can I do to help my child once they have a stainless-steel crown?

It is important to watch your child afterward as the area may be numb for the next 1.5 to 2 hours. Your child should refrain from eating or drinking after their crowns are placed. Please watch to make sure they do not bite or suck on their lip as this could cause damage to their soft tissue which could be painful once the numbness wears off. You may need to keep an eye on them throughout the day. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to ease any discomfort while the crown is being adjusted to the tooth. To make chewing easier, it may be helpful to give them a temporary diet of soft foods.

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690 N IL Route 31
Suite D
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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195 N Arlington Heights Rd
Suite 150
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
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Suite 102
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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