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J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2009;36(1): 91-95.
Suk-Woo Lee, Jae-Ho Lee, Hyung-Jun Choi, Hyung-Kyu Sohn, Seong-Oh Kim, Byung-Jai Choi
Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Science Research Center, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University
Corresponding Author: Byung-Jai Choi ,Tel: 02-2228-8800, Email: bjchoi@yuhs.ac
Received: August 20, 2008;  Accepted: November 10, 2008.
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The use of stainless steel crowns are indicated for restoration of primary or permanent molars with proximal dental caries, extensive dental caries, or previous pulp treatment with increased danger of tooth fracture. Stainless steel crowns were introduced by Humphrey in 1950. For their improved durability, longevity, and success rate, they have been strongly considered for restoring extensive and multi-surfaced dental caries of molars in pediatric dentistry. However, they also have shortcomings, such as possibility of pulpal exposure or damaging proximal surface of adjacent teeth. In addition, when oversized stainless steel crowns are used, eruption of the adjacent permanent teeth may be disturbed by their prominent margin. As a means to compensate the shortcomings of stainless steel crowns, use of orthodontics bands may be considered. It is an alternative restoration method, where an orthodontic band is placed on a tooth first and cavity is restored with filling material, such as composite resin, glass ionomer, or amalgam. The use of an orthodontic band is indicated for molar restoration with cervical dental caries, extensive dental caries, enamel hypoplasia, or previous pulp treatment. Because it requires shorter chair time compared to stainless steel crown, its application is very useful for children with poor behavior. However, restoration using an orthodontic band requires good oral hygiene after its application. This case report illustrates the conservative restoration of primary molars and permanent molars with extensive dental caries using orthodontic bands.
Keywords: Extensive dental caries | Molar restoration | Orthodontic band
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