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Stainless Steel Crowns

The stainless steel crown (SSC) is an extremely durable restoration with several clear-cut indications for use in primary teeth including: following a pulpotomy/pulpectomy; for teeth with developmental defects or large carious lesions involving multiple surfaces where a filling is likely to fail; and for fractured teeth. In other situations, its use is less clear-cut, and caries risk factors, restoration longevity and cost effectiveness are considerations in decisions to use the SSC. Children at high caries risk exhibiting anterior tooth decay and/or molar caries may benefit by treatment with stainless steel crowns to protect the remaining at-risk tooth surfaces.