What are stainless steel crowns?
SSC’s , also known as “caps”, are full coverage crowns that protects the entire tooth from further decay. SSCs are a superior restoration to composites and they provide the greatest durability, longevity, and protection from future cavities. The only drawback to SSCs are their aesthetics as some parents object to their silver appearance.
When do we use SSCs?
SSCs are placed for several reasons. When the cavities are too big to support a composite filling; or after a nerve treatment; to cover multiple surfaces on high-risk patients; or to support a space maintainer. These are just a few of the reasons we place SSCs. Because we strive to only work on a baby tooth once, SSCs are often the treatment of choice and are usually in the best interest of the child.
Does my child need silver caps on front teeth?
No. We understand the esthetic demands of parents and patients alike. For decayed teeth in front we have several esthetic options such as composite fillings, tooth colored dental crowns and even fabricated false teeth for cases where we need to remove them.