White fillings (resin composites) are made from glass powders and acrylic acid, and are placed using the bonding material. They form a tight bond on the tooth being filled, which helps prevent further decay of the tooth. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are silver colored, white fillings blend in with your child’s teeth and are used on both front and back teeth. White fillings are durable and can withstand the stress of eating.
What is the process for filling a cavity?
After the dentist identifies a cavity and reviewing the treatment plan, we set an appointment. At the appointment, Dr. Sonia explains every step to the child. After topical anesthetic gel is applied, she administers local anesthetic to numb the area. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the dentist removes the decayed area on the tooth and fills the area. When filling, the dentist has to keep the tooth clean and dry. After the filling material is placed, an LED light is used to help the filling set faster.
What is a resin crown?
When your child has large cavities on front teeth, you want the restorations to look tooth color and aesthetic. Dr. Sonia can perform conservative resin crowns on front teeth that look natural. Resin crowns are not made separately but are rather placed like a white filling that surrounds the whole tooth and can be placed at the same visit as cavity removal. You can adjust it any time, and more material can be added as well.