Why has my paediatric dentist recommended stainless steel crowns?
These are used when there is advanced decay or breakdown of tooth structure either through tooth decay or enamel defects. In these situations, normal white fillings have poorer success rates and will often not last. This means that your child is at risk of having repeated treatments on the same tooth.
Baby back teeth do not fall out until between age 10 and 12. Placing a stainless steel crown gives the tooth the best chance of lasting until it falls out without needing further treatment.