Stainless steel crowns are the treatment choice when a primary molar (back tooth) has a large cavity that cannot reasonably be restored with a tooth colored filling. They have been used over 50 years to save teeth that otherwise would be lost or when other treatments would fail. One of the strongest and most durable services in dentistry, they last longer than fillings. Despite many advances in pediatric dentistry, there still is not a better treatment for primary teeth with larger cavities. If you have questions about the use of stainless steel crowns please talk to Dr. Craik. He will be happy to discuss your child's specific situation and why a stainless steel crown may be recommended.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable and more attractive than other types of fillings. Certain tooth-colored filling materials (such as glass ionomers) even release fluoride, resulting in a tooth that is more resistant to decay. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to provide extra decay protection. Tooth colored fillings are not for every cavity. They work best in small areas of decay in low-stress areas. Dr. Craik will discuss this option with you if it is right for your child’s needs and situation, based upon the guidelines of the AAPD.