A stainless steel crown is the standard tooth restoration done by a Pediatric Dentist. If your child presents with a large cavity, or many teeth with cavities, it is much smarter to restore the cavities with stainless steel crowns, as opposed to white fillings.
White fillings in back baby teeth, on average, only last between 3 and 5 years. That means that if your child has cavities at a young age, chances are that white fillings will not last until your child would lose those teeth naturally, between the ages of 10 and 12. So, your child’s cavities will likely have to be retreated multiple times before the teeth switch over to permanent teeth. It is both unfair to your child and inefficient to do a lot of unnecessary treatment. Therefore, it is the best choice to restore the back baby teeth with stainless steel crowns, that we know will last over time.
Stainless steel crowns are so great because they cover the teeth on all surfaces, and act like a suit of armor for the tooth. It is impossible to get a new cavity on a tooth that has been covered with a stainless steel crown. Bacteria cannot get in and further damage the tooth. Stainless steel crowns also avoid the issue of new decay that can develop under white fillings. White fillings are most often done for teeth at the front of the mouth, where looks can be an issue.