The first treatment decision in young patients with one or more badly decayed teeth is whether to preserve or extract the damaged teeth. In most cases primary teeth can be saved by performing pulp therapy, a method which removes the infected nerve tissue in the crown of the tooth, while the nerve in the root of the tooth remains vital.
After pulp therapy, the tooth will require structural support and a tight cover that protects the tooth from bacteria. This protection is achieved by using a crown. Crowns can be silver (stainless steel) or white (strip crowns). Both types will be cemented onto the tooth and remain until the tooth naturally exfoliates (falls outs). Crowns are fitted in a single appointment as they are pre-manufactured; also, they can be amended and shaped to ensure a tight fit.