Silver fillings, also known as amalgams, are placed on the back teeth where a cavity has been removed. Silver fillings have been around for many years and are a long lasting, proven option for restoring a cavity.
A tooth–colored filling, also known as a composite filling, is commonly used to fill a cavity on a front tooth. Composite fillings can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth, fill undesired spaces between teeth, and repair fractures. Composite has recently become popular for use on posterior teeth (the back teeth) as well. Composite fillings are advantageous because they can restore a tooth to its natural appearance.
A crown, or cap, is placed on a baby tooth or adult tooth when the cavity is too large to warrant a filling. A crown covers and strengthens a tooth weakened from decay, trauma, or root canal treatment.
When the nerve of a baby tooth becomes infected or abscessed, a pulpotomy or pulpectomy is necessary to save the tooth. During a pulpotomy the infected part of the nerve is removed and a sedative medication is placed inside the tooth to prevent sensitivity and to promote healing. A pulpectomy , often referred to as a “root canal”, involves removal of the nerve.
If your child needs Root Canal Treatment on a permanent (adult) tooth, we will refer you to a dentist who specializes in Root Canal Treatments.
A crown is often recommended after a root canal treatment to protect the weakened tooth structure.
An extraction refers to the removal of a tooth. Extractions are often performed to aid in orthodontic treatment, or when a stubborn baby tooth is not lost at the proper time. An extraction may sometimes be necessary if a tooth has abscessed or has a cavity too large to warrant a filling or crown.