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A stainless steel crown is a type of dental crown that is made of a metal alloy called stainless steel. Dental crowns are used to cover and protect a damaged or decayed tooth, and are often recommended for teeth that are too damaged to be repaired with a filling.
Stainless steel crowns are typically used for primary (baby) teeth, as they are strong and durable and can withstand the forces of biting and chewing. They are also cost-effective and can be placed quickly, making them a good option for children who may not be able to sit still for a long period of time.
The process of placing a stainless steel crown involves the following steps:
- Local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
- The dentist removes any decay or damage from the tooth.
- The tooth is then shaped and prepared to receive the crown.
- The stainless steel crown is fitted onto the tooth and adjusted for a proper fit.
- The crown is then cemented into place.