What is Preventative Dental Care?
Preventative dental care is the act of caring for teeth to keep them healthy. Routine preventative dental care can help children avoid cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, enamel wear, space deficiency and more. Our office provides a number of preventative services.
Composite Restorations (White Fillings):
A dental composite also called a “resin,” is a tooth colored restoration used to restore a decayed or fractured tooth. Esthetically these restorations look very natural and can be polished to look like the natural tooth.
When do we use composite fillings?
For primary or baby teeth composite fillings can be used on cavities that are relatively small or only located on one or two surfaces of the teeth. For baby teeth with large cavities the restoration of choice is a stainless steel crown. For adult teeth, unless there is considerable tooth structure loss requiring a dental crown, composites are the restoration of choice.
Do composites last long?
Composite fillings, when done on baby teeth, do not last as long as they last on permanent teeth. Because of this, when large cavities exist or they appear on multiple surfaces of the tooth, a stainless steel crown if often the treatment of choice.
Stainless Steel Crowns (Silver crowns):
Stainless steel crowns (SSCs) also known as preformed metal crowns or silver caps are full coverage crowns that protect the tooth from further decay. Stainless steel crowns are superior restorations and provide great durability, longevity and protection from future cavities. The only drawback to stainless steel crowns are their aesthetic, as some parent object to their silver appearance.
When do we use stainless steel crowns?
Stainless steel crowns are used for many reasons. SSCs are often the restoration of choice when a cavity is too large to support a composite or amalgam restoration, or after nerve treatment. In children with high caries risk, stainless steel crowns are also recommended.
Does my child need stainless steel crowns on anterior (front) teeth?
No. We understand the esthetic demands of parents and patients. For front teeth with decay we offer several esthetic options. These options include; composite fillings and tooth colored dental crowns.