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Stainless Steel Crowns and Pulp

If your child’s primary tooth has extensive decay or has been damaged by trauma, action may be needed to restore the integrity of the tooth and prevent infection from spreading.

After a set of x-rays are taken, Dr. Hammond will be able to assess the extent of infection and present a treatment plan appropriate for your child. This may include pulp therapy and a stainless steel or zirconia crown where appropriate.


When a cavity gets really deep, close to the nerve/pulp of a tooth or into the nerve/pulp, the tissue becomes irritated or inflamed. Dr. Hammond will remove all of the infected material in the pulp of the crown leaving the living tooth intact. After a pulpotomy on a baby molar, the empty space will be filled with an inert material and a stainless steel crown will be placed to restore the tooth.

Stainless Steel Crowns / Zirconia Crowns

Stainless steel dental crowns are regarded as a good restoration to save a primary tooth until the permanent tooth can erupt and take its place. Keeping the primary tooth, if at all possible, is essential to maintaining proper tooth alignment. A crowned tooth must be brushed and flossed the same way as other teeth.

At this time, a zirconia or tooth-colored crown may be used when the integrity of an anterior tooth is compromised. They are very similar in color, but not exact, to a primary tooth. They are also very durable but are susceptible to fracture.

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