If a baby tooth or a new permanent tooth needs a crown, we have several options. We need to place a crown when decay has destroyed a large part of the tooth structure or when we have to remove infected pulp from the interior of a tooth.
Stainless steel tooth crowns procedure
A stainless steel crown is most often used on a baby tooth. This crown is strong and reliable, and it can be placed in one visit. In areas where esthetics are important, we may be able to place a stainless steel crown with a white coating.
We use stainless steel crowns for baby teeth because porcelain crowns are more expensive.
We have to remove a significant amount of tooth structure making a stainless steel crown the easiest to fit, and it will fall out with the baby tooth. We might place a stainless steel crown on a new permanent tooth if the neighboring teeth are baby teeth. A stainless steel crown can be placed in just one appointment.