SSC (Stainless Steel Crowns)


Stainless steel crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over an entire tooth. They are commonly used in pediatric dentistry as a way of preserving baby teeth that have become significantly decayed or damaged. Although the primary teeth will eventually be lost to make room for permanent teeth, it is important that they are not lost prematurely. The premature loss of baby teeth can cause a variety of complications that can ultimately affect the permanent teeth. Therefore, stainless steel crowns provide protection for baby teeth until they are naturally lost. 

Did You Know?

Primary teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay because they have a thinner enamel layer than permanent teeth. Additionally, the pulp layer in primary teeth is much closer to the surface of the tooth, which means pulp infections can occur more easily in primary teeth. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Does my child need a stainless steel crown?

Your child may need a stainless steel crown if they have one or more teeth that are significantly decayed or damaged. As a general rule, pediatric crowns are recommended in cases where a small dental filling is not enough to restore the tooth. Additionally, if your child is in need of a baby root canal, you can expect they will need to have a stainless steel crown placed following the procedure. 

How are stainless steel crowns applied at my San Antonio pediatric dental office?

To apply a crown, we will first sedate your child to alleviate their anxiety and keep them relaxed during the procedure. Dental anesthetics will also be used to keep your child numb and pain-free while their crown is placed. 

Once your child is relaxed and comfortable, our pediatric dentist will begin by removing any decayed or damaged tissue from the tooth. If a baby root canal is needed, this will also be performed to remove decay from the inside of the pulp chamber. After all the decayed tissue is removed, your child will be fit for a crown. 

Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated, meaning they come in a range of sizes that can be customized to fit any size baby tooth. Your child’s dentist will determine the correct size and make any modifications that allow the crown to fit. The crown will then be cemented in place over the tooth. Stainless steel crown can be placed during a single dental appointment and it should last until the tooth is naturally lost. 

How do I help my child after they have a stainless steel crown placed?

After your child has their crown placed, you will need to keep them from eating until the numbness from the anesthetics has worn off in order to prevent damage to the soft tissues. Depending on the level of dental sedation used, your child may also experience some residual sleepiness, so you may need to monitor them throughout the day. Finally, over the counter pain medications can be used to manage any discomfort they feel while their tooth adjusts to the crown. It may also be helpful to provide them with a temporary soft foods diet to make chewing easier. 

How do I care for my child’s dental crown?

You can help your child care for their dental crown by encouraging them to brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. This will reduce the risk of bacteria getting under the crown, and will also prevent other teeth from becoming decayed. You will also want to help your child avoid behaviors like chewing on ice, pens, toys, or hard candies. Although stainless steel crowns are exceptionally strong, these behaviors may still cause damage to the crown. As a final note, you will need to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings every six months so your child’s pediatric dentist can evaluate them. 

ATTN: Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry

Dear Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry,

We hope you are all well and in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Texas State Dental Board, American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff from the current COVID-19 crisis. The process to check in will for now be different than the previous “normal”

        Before your appointment fill our screening questionnaire and any required forms from our website, this will reduce paperwork at the office. You will be asked those same questions again when you arrive at the office in case anything has changed. The patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival. Please understand that if required we might have to reschedule your visit.

        Check in by phone when you park your car. You will receive a text to enter the office.

        Please bring only the patient that is being seen and one adult.

        We will guide you to either a seating area assigned with a letter or straight to the treatment room.

        Mandatory:  Please wear mask.

        Please maintain social distancing.

        Only patients in treatment areas when possible, this reduces effects of any aerosols.

        We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

        Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, books, toys, ipads and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

        Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

        We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 210 787 1200 or visit our website at

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you and your smiles.


Kids World Pediatric Dentistry Team

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