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At what stage of dental decay does a child need silver caps?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Simply put...: When the decay is so extensive that an amalgam or composite restoration will not be adequate, a stainless steel crown is placed.
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry 11 years experience
Pediatric dentistry: This is up to the treating dentist and their experience. I personally don't do silver (stainless steel crowns) because parents hate them and there is a stigma with them. If I have a child with a severely broken down tooth, I extracted the tooth and place a space maintainer when needed.

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