Castle Rock Restorative Dentistry
When it is necessary to restore teeth to their proper form and function, we provide many options for treatment that can be suited to your child’s individual needs.
Composite (White) Filling
These fillings are made of a composite resin that is tooth colored and bonds to the tooth. Occasionally a cavity may be too large or in a location where a white filling may not be appropriate.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
For many years amalgam fillings were the standard of care for most cavities and are still an excellent restoration. But, with improvements in composite fillings we use amalgam infrequently.
Baby teeth with very large cavities and/or cavities requiring pulp treatment are restored with crowns. These are excellent restorations and allow a patient to keep teeth that otherwise may be lost due to extensive dental decay.
Stainless Steel Crowns
Silver crowns that are used for back teeth (molars). These restorations have been used in Pediatric Dentistry for many years and are a very effective type of restoration. Occasionally stainless steel crowns will be indicated for permanent teeth that have a developmental condition called enamel dysplasia.
Tooth colored all-ceramic restorations that can be used for front or back teeth. These crowns blend well with the natural dentition to provide a more esthetic result.
When decay has spread into the nerve of the tooth, a procedure called a pulpotomy or pulpectomy can be performed to save the tooth. This involves removing all or part of the nerve (pulp) of a tooth, then placing a medicament and filling in the pulp space.
Teeth that have severe decay, have been damaged from trauma, or have become necrotic may require extraction. Occasionally baby teeth will not fall out naturally and also need to be extracted to prevent eruption of the permanent teeth. Extraction of permanent teeth may also be performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment if necessary.