In certain cases we will recommend stainless steel crowns to treat cavities. This decision is based on how extensive the cavity is as well as how much longer the child will keep the primary (baby) tooth. Primary molars are usually not lost until the age of 10-12 years old. Since the crown completely covers the tooth, there is little risk of developing a cavity under the tooth, therefore this can sometimes be the best choice for treating a cavity in a very young child, a child who is at high risk for cavities, or a child with special health care needs.
Unlike crowns for adults which usually require two appointments, we will select an appropriately sized pre-fabricated or pre-fitted dental crown that is made from medical grade stainless steel that will be cemented into place on the same day.
To find out more about what to expect before, during, and after treatment, schedule an appointment for your child. Call us at (703) 726-3030.