A filling is a way to restore a decayed and/or broken tooth back to its normal shape and function.
If your child has a tooth that requires a filling, we will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.
Your child has a choice of tooth filling materials. We will work with your child to determine which material is best for him/her, depending on the extent of repair, the location of the filling and the cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:
Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored fillings that create a more natural appearance. They can be used on either front or back teeth and provide good durability and resistance to fracture. Composite resin fillings can become stained from certain foods or drinks.
Glass ionomer fillings are white and typically used on baby teeth when controlling moisture is a problem. When placed, they form a chemical link with the tooth and often release fluoride, helping prevent further tooth decay.