Stainless Steel Crowns

Stainless steel crowns are used routinely by specialist paediatric dentists around the world as they are durable and have a higher success rate than white or silver fillings.

Where decay is deep or there is insufficient remaining tooth to provide support for a white restoration – a stainless steel crown may be placed on back teeth for increased protection. The crown acts like a “crash helmet” to protect the underlying weak tooth.

Once decay is removed the tooth is prepped and trimmed to specific dimensions, and a stainless steel crown adapted, tried and then cemented onto the tooth.  The stainless steel crown has a 95% success rate and more durable than a white restoration.


Stainless steel crowns are placed on some baby teeth to strengthen and protect the tooth if:

  • The tooth has had root canal treatment (pulpotomy)
  • If there is too little tooth left after all decay has been removed to place a strong enough filling.
  • Hypoplastic teeth - where the enamel has not developed properly and the teeth are weaker.
  • A child with a high decay rate. The crown is the strongest material and helps seal the tooth from bacteria.

These crowns are cemented onto the tooth and naturally come out with the tooth.  They still need to be cleaned and flossed properly to prevent plaque build up.  Occasionally, a crown may come off (especially with trauma or if a very hard sticky food is eaten) or develop an abscess around it - so regular reviews and care are necessary.

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Many children are not bothered by their appearance and even proud of their smooth shiny "Batman" or Shiny "Barbie" tooth!

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