A stainless steel crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Usually a stainless steel crown is placed on a baby molar that has a large cavity and may require a pulpotomy, or 'baby root canal'.
Although there are several types of crowns, stainless steel is used on children due to it's single appointment placement and durability. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they need to be brushed regularly so that they last for the life of the baby tooth.
Reasons for crowns: