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Sink Your Teeth into the Options for Restorative Dentistry for Kids

Apr 8, 2016 - 03:04 PM EST |  Posted under: Pediatric Dentistry
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Cavities are a common condition for children, but they need to be immediately treated by a pediatric dentist to help your child avoid additional dental problems. But with so many treatment options, you may be unsure which is right for your child. Use this expert guide on restorative dentistry for kids to see the pros and cons of each option.

Preventive Resins             

This treatment is popular for many reasons, yet it also has its particular purposes. Consider these facts before choosing preventive resins:

  • Should only be used on very small cavities
  • Great preventative measure against future cavities
  • Extremely natural-looking
  • Less expensive than other treatments

Amalgam Fillings (Silver Fillings)

Amalgam fillings are another name for the traditional silver fillings you probably had when you were little. With so many advances in dentistry, you may be surprised that your pediatric dentist still offers them, but they remain a popular option. Take a look these aspects of the treatment:

  • Recommended for small to moderate cavities
  • Mainly used on the back teeth
  • Less natural-looking
  • More affordable than tooth-colored fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings      

This is one of the more popular treatments in restorative dentistry for kids because they are more attractive and less visible than other kinds of fillings. Yet there are many considerations when deciding whether to use them, such as:

  • Best for small cavities in the front teeth and back teeth
  • Should only be in used in low-stress areas
  • Very natural-looking
  • More costly than amalgam fillings

Pre-Formed (Stainless Steel) Crowns 

When a cavity isn’t treated early, the decay can damage so much of the tooth that it can’t support a filling. When this happens, your child will need a crown. But you need to know the facts before selecting this dental treatment:

  • Should be used for severe cases of tooth decay, a tooth with a fracture or defect, or following a root canal
  • Extremely durable
  • Not as natural-looking as tooth-colored restorations
  • Lower cost than tooth-colored crowns

Tooth-Colored Crowns     

This option is used for the same degree of decay and dental problems as stainless steel crowns, but it’s a more aesthetically-pleasing option because it’s made of a tooth-colored material. But before choosing this treatment, you need to be aware of the following:

  • Ideal for teeth with serious decay, a dental fracture or defect, or after a root canal
  • May be less durable and long-lasting than stainless steel crowns
  • Extremely natural-looking
  • More expensive than the stainless steel alternative

Now that you’re aware of the different treatment options, ask your pediatric dentist which treatment is best for your child.

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