Cavities happen. Dr. Perusini is here to explain all of the restorative options.
This question is sometimes asked by parents when they find out that their child has a cavity. It seems logical; they’re baby teeth, they’re not causing any problems, they’re going to fall out.
Although practical, these arguments are not completely informed. It is important to consider the other side of the debate. What are the possible outcomes of untreated decay in baby teeth? Here are a few points to consider:
Composite resin closely resembles your child’s natural tooth colour making it a good option when esthetics is important. Being mostly plastic, a composite resin filling may need to be replaced if its margins deteriorate. Composite resin works well in permanent teeth and can also be used in primary teeth depending on the clinical situation.
Having been around for hundreds of years, amalgam is a safe and reliable option for restoring teeth. The material is cost-effective, antibacterial, durable and can be placed quickly. Amalgam works well in both primary and permanent teeth.
Stainless steel crowns are a gold standard in pediatric dentistry. If your child’s molar is significantly broken down or deeply decayed, a stainless steel crown may be necessary to rebuild the tooth. Quality research has proven the durability and longevity of stainless steel crowns which also makes them the material of choice for younger children.
These crowns are made of biocompatible ceramic which makes them esthetically pleasing. They are a reasonable alternative for incisors and canines particularly when the teeth are significantly broken down.
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