If you think your child has a cavity, or you have been told by your dentist that they have a cavity, the next step to fix the cavity is restorative dental treatment. A cavity can be restored in many ways and may depend on several things such as the size of the cavity or if your child is having any pain or discomfort as a result of it. Please read below about the kinds of restorative dentistry we do at HiFive Kids Dental.
Different Types of Restorative Treatments
Fillings are typically done for small cavities and involve the cavity being removed and then filled with a tooth-colored filling. When the filling is complete, one cannot usually distinguish if the tooth even had a cavity, to begin with! The tooth will be good as new!
Fillings are used for small cavities, and crowns are used for large cavities in baby teeth. Crowns are placed on baby teeth and stay there until the permanent teeth come in. They do not need to be removed at a later date- the baby tooth will just fall out with the crown on it! The tooth fairy might even offer extra money for the tooth with the jewel crown! Crowns can be silver or white and if silver is done, it is usually on the back molars where esthetics is less of a concern. White crowns are always done on the front teeth. Crowns are a one-time solution that prevents cavities from reforming as well as further treatment on the tooth.
If your child is having constant pain and discomfort from a tooth, your dentist may recommend an extraction as the tooth may no longer be reparable. An extraction will remove the entire tooth from the root and leave a space where the permanent tooth will come in. Usually, after an extraction, a space maintainer appliance is placed to prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth and maintain space for the permanent tooth.
The HiFive Dental team will determine if your child needs any restorative treatments at regular check-ups. It is always important to maintain 6-month checkups so that small problems don’t fester and become big problems if left untreated. If you are concerned your child may have a cavity, please call HiFive Kids Dental in Durham to book an appointment. We can’t wait to see you!