Traditional dental restorattions, which can be either fillings or crowns, may be made of gold, porcelain, stainless steel or composite resin. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
Newer dental fillings include compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, as well as on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.
What's right for your child?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth
Before your child's treatment begins, your doctor will discuss all options and help you choose the best filling for your child's particular case.
- Fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling and adjusts it in just one appointment.
- Depending on your childs dental needs additional treatment may be recommended. It is not uncommon for children to have decay that has extended to the nerve. Often times children will not have any pain associated with such large cavities. They require a nerve treatment known as a pulpotomy. During this procedure, the infected part of the nerve is carefully removed and treated. After which the appropriate restoration or crown will be placed to ensure the best possible prognosis for your child.
- Often times after a nerve treatment, a large cavity or trauma a tooth may need more than just a simple filling to ensure success. This is when your childs dentist may recommend a crown to cover the tooth. A crown helps restore the tooth's functionality and protects the tooth from breaking and infection.