Restorative Pediatric Dentistry
For small cavities, especially on primary (baby) teeth we use the Waterlase laser to remove the decay WITHOUT AN INJECTION (NO SHOT). For larger cavities, we will numb the area using local anesthesia and then remove the decay. Once the tooth is clean, we will fill the tooth with a tooth colored composite material.
Crowns are used in cases where a cavity has affected so much tooth structure that filling material cannot be used to repair the tooth. We offer several types of crowns depending on the location of the cavity. For the front teeth we have white crowns. For the back teeth we offer both stainless steel crowns and white crowns.
Very large cavities can result in tooth aches and nerve irritation or infection. If a cavity has affected the nerve, we will clean out the infected part of the nerve, place an antibacterial medicine on the remaining nerve structure and finally place a protective filling over the nerve. Once a tooth has had nerve treatment it is weakened and must have a crown placed over it for protection.