At Caring Tree Children’s Dentistry, we understand that things happen. Most kids are risk takers who play hard. They may fall, wipe out on bikes or skates, or have other mishaps. Broken, missing, and decayed teeth not only affect oral health, but can lead to awkward eating and smiling or even pain.
Tooth-colored fillings are made with composite resin (white or tooth-colored) material, but Dr. K also offers metal amalgam (silver) fillings as well. If a cavity is too large for a composite or amalgam filling, a crown will be recommended that is made of either stainless steel or zirconia. The type of filling or crown recommended depends on the size and location of the area being filled, and sometimes other factors as well. We usually recommend tooth-colored composite fillings for teeth closer to the front, where silver amalgam fillings may be better for back teeth.
If your child has a badly decayed or broken tooth, a crown restoration may be necessary to restore full function. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over any healthy tooth structure, allowing the tooth to perform at full health and appearance. Tooth-colored zirconia crowns are more durable than most metal fillings and can match tooth color closely. Dr. K also offers stainless steel crowns; she does not typically recommend zirconia over stainless steel but does offer the option for aesthetic purposes. A crown can protect your child’s tooth, improve oral health, and help maintain those bright little smiles.
If you have any questions about restorative dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your restorative pediatric dentist, Dr. Michelle Kucera at Caring Tree Children’s Dentistry, give us a call today or request an appointment online below. How can we help your child smile today?