Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated and made to fit the child’s individual teeth. They are used when there is tooth decay or when decalcification and developmental defects are present. Stainless steel crowns are also used if your child has to have a pulpotomy. A pulpotomy is performed due to an excessive amount of decay and requires partial removal of the nerve tissue. The remaining vital tissue is then treated to save the function of the tooth. The stainless steel crown is placed over the tooth because the procedure could weaken the tooth and make it prone to fracture.