A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is placed over the tooth, completely covering it. A crown can restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a tooth. When a crown is cemented into place, it fully covers the visible part of the tooth. Dental crowns are usually placed on permanent teeth. However, Dr. Shirin Mashhoon may recommend a stainless steel crown in Durham, North Carolina, for your child if:

  • He or she has a tooth that is too damaged by decay to support a dental filling. The stainless steel crown can save the tooth.
  • He or she is at high risk for tooth decay, especially if he or she has a hard time keeping up with daily oral hygiene. One or more stainless steel crowns can protect their teeth.
  • Your child is unable to cooperate during dental treatment because of age, behavior, or medical history. Placing a stainless steel crown can decrease the frequency of general anesthesia.

Stainless steel crowns are commonly used for primary teeth because they do not require multiple visits to place. When the primary tooth falls out to make room for the permanent tooth, the stainless steel crown will come out with it naturally.

We welcome you to contact Ninth Street Dental today for more information and to schedule your child’s next visit with our dentist.