A range of options for dental restorations.
Our first goal is to prevent cavities; however, sometimes restorative care is needed. We offer a range of services to best treat your child’s specific needs.
Resin and Amalgam Restorations (white and silver fillings)
When your child has a small cavity we may recommend either a white filling or silver filling. Our recommendation will be based on a number of clinical factors however the vast majority of the time parental preference can be honored.
When there is a significant portion of a front tooth lost to trauma or due to a large cavity a resin crown will likely be recommended. Resin is the material that is used when white fillings are placed. Resin is able to be custom matched to your child’s teeth and will be formed to completely replaced the lost tooth structure. These crowns are only recommended for FRONT teeth as they are not strong enough to withstand the occlusal forces that are placed on back teeth.
Stainless Steel Crowns
A stainless steel crown (silver cap) is recommended when there is considerable breakdown of the tooth structure due to the carious process or traumatic fracture. These crowns are only recommended for BACK teeth. A stainless steel crown is able to withstand the significant forces created with normal biting.
A pulpotomy is the partial removal of nerve tissue that has been contaminated with bacteria from a deep cavity or as a complication from a traumatic injury. Medication is placed within the space that is therapeutic to the remaining nerve before the final filling is placed.
Primary teeth are important for both form and function. As one of their functions they act as the placeholders for the developing permanent teeth. When a primary tooth is lost early the result may be space loss from adjacent teeth drifting or tipping into space from the lost tooth. A spacer will be recommended to maintain this space to allow for the proper eruption of the permanent tooth. There are multiple types of spacers including a band and loop, distal shoe, upper nance, and a lower lingual arch and are placed according to the space that is needing to be maintained. Once a spacer is placed we will monitor the development of the permanent tooth at your child’s routine dental appointments and remove the spacer when appropriate.
More involved dental work may best be done with sedation.
Learn more about our sedation options.