Anterior White Crowns
This little girl presented at the age of 3 years. She had a habit of going to bed with a bottle of juice. This rotted her front and back teeth. She had her teeth treated under general anaesthetic and now returns to the practice every 6 months for routine check-ups. Front teeth are important for speech, eating, general social development and confidence.
Silver Caps/ Stainless Steel Crowns
Stainless Steel crowns are still the gold standard for fixing children’s teeth where there is deep decay, in molars with pulp therapy or where the enamel of the tooth is weak. They are used at the back of the mouth where aesthetics are not as much of a concern. They are well accepted by children. We call them “jewelry teeth” for girls and “pirates teeth” for boys. The success rates for these restorations are between 97-100%. They have a long track record of success and safety. The aim of placing a stainless steel crown is to prevent pain and infection and to keep the primary molar in the mouth for as long as possible or until the adult molar is ready to erupt.
Posterior White Crowns
Some parents do not like the idea of silver crowns. White crowns are available in these situations. White crowns require excellent plaque control to be successful.