Stainless Steel Dental Crowns (also known as Metal Caps):

A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps the top of a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening it and protecting it from further cracking or breakage. Crowns are indicated when there is not enough tooth structure to place a filling and the tooth requires more strength and coverage; a filling simply would not be effective. Stainless steel crowns can preserve more of the tooth structure than other types of crowns. They withstand biting and chewing forces well and rarely chip or break. The biggest drawback of stainless steel crowns is the metallic color. They are ideal for rear teeth that are not entirely visible, but can also be necessary for a tooth that is visible. In these circumstances, the stainless steel crowns can be made with a white facing that will allow the tooth to look more natural.