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How are stainless steel dental crowns used?

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Stainless steel crowns are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material. For children, a stainless steel crown is commonly used to fit over a baby tooth that's been prepared to fit it. The crown covers the entire tooth and protects it from further decay. When the primary tooth comes out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out naturally with it.

SOURCES:

American Dental Association.

KidsHealth: "Keeping Your Children's Teeth Healthy."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Fast Facts 2011."

Seale, N. Pediatric Dentistry, 2002.

Dental Economics: "Why are crowns coming off?"

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association.

KidsHealth: "Keeping Your Children's Teeth Healthy."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Fast Facts 2011."

Seale, N. Pediatric Dentistry, 2002.

Dental Economics: "Why are crowns coming off?"

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

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