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Perfecting the venerable SSC

  • George Mitchell Angelos1,*,

1The Children’s Dentist, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

DOI: 10.22514/jocpd.2023.047 Vol.47,Issue 5,September 2023 pp.1-3

Submitted: 29 December 2022 Accepted: 06 January 2023

Published: 03 September 2023

*Corresponding Author(s): George Mitchell Angelos E-mail:


Stainless steel crowns (SSCs) are the preferred restoration of pediatric dentists for children requiring a pediatric dental rehabilitation due to their low cost and durability. Despite low technique sensitivity SSC placement can be challenging in some clinical situations including when placed on primary canines. Primary canines restored with SSCs often result in premature contacts and posterior open bite making acquiring an “as the patient presented” (ATPP) occlusion difficult when providing a pediatric dental rehabilitation. Opening of the posterior occlusion due to premature canine contact in a dental rehabilitation is often viewed as unavoidable. This technique article describes a simple method to address this clinical situation and reviews basic principles and techniques for placing SSCs.


Stainless steel crowns/SSCs; Dental rehabilitations; Ideal occlusion; Avoiding premature canine contacts

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George Mitchell Angelos. Perfecting the venerable SSC. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2023. 47(5);1-3.


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