Stainless Steel Crowns
When there is not enough tooth structure left after decay removal of a tooth to support a typical filling, or if a nerve treatment is performed on a tooth, a stainless steel crown or tooth cap is the restoration of choice. This is a durable, silver-colored crown that fits over the remaining decay free tooth structure and falls out with the tooth itself. Permanent teeth may also need stainless steel crowns. In this case, they are used until the occlusion stabilizes with the eruption of more permanent teeth, and may be eventually replaced by a porcelain crown.