We don’t usually do silver fillings anymore, because they contain a small amount of mercury. The mercury is bound to the silver in a compound that is very stable and only very small amounts of the mercury are detectable. Never-the-less, silver fillings are unattractive, although they do last a long time and are very durable. In some cases where high strength is needed, or if the filling is in an area, below the gum that we can’t keep dry, your
Baby teeth aren’t just for chewing. Each one also acts as a guide for the eruption of the permanent tooth that replaces it. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth loses its guide. It can drift or erupt into the wrong position in the mouth. Neighboring teeth also can move or tilt into the space. This means that there may not be enough space for the permanent tooth to come in. Dentists call baby teeth primary
When decay gets into the pulp of a child’s primary tooth, it can cause pain and discomfort. We like to save primary (or baby) teeth as long as we can because it holds the space for the permanent teeth to erupt. When these teeth are lost early due to decay, the permanent teeth can come in crowded, and can even be blocked out completely by the other teeth. This causes the child to need expensive orthodontic treatment later on. A
The stainless steel crown (SSC) is an extremely durable restoration with several clear-cut indications for use in primary teeth including: following a pulpotomy/pulpectomy; for teeth with developmental defects or large carious lesions involving multiple surfaces where an amalgam is likely to fail; and for fractured teeth.
Dental Sealants Prevent Tooth Decay Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Easy to apply, sealants take
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural. Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings