Different Types of Cavity Treatments
Silver Diamine Fluoride
For your child who has severe early childhood caries (SECC) and needs early intervention to prevent the disease from progressing, SDF provides the quickest way to get the affected teeth or difficult-to-treat caries managed in one visit. For best results, the application may be recommended every 6-12 months.
SDF may be an alternative to traditional treatment for uncooperative and fearful children.
Composite White Fillings
Composite, or tooth-colored fillings, closely match the color and physical appearance of our natural teeth and are preferred by most pediatric dentists for restorations made in aesthetic areas. They are also used successfully on molars or other chewing surfaces as long as the
fillings are relatively small. For larger fillings or those that go in between the teeth (interproximal decay), silver fillings may be recommended. However, for the most part, both types of filling materials, composite or amalgam, can be used to restore teeth affected by decay.
White Crowns (sprig)
A child’s tooth must be extracted if it is so badly decayed that even a root canal won’t save the tooth. A tooth should also be extracted if it is cro
wding other teeth or fractured beyond repair. Children getting braces may need to have some teeth extracted to allow teeth to move to their proper positions.
Your child’s case and the kind of extraction they need will determine the type of treatment. If the tooth being extracted is visible and easy to remove, Dr. Bhaumik will perform a simple extraction.
This merely calls for numbing the area with a local anesthetic and gently extracting the tooth with forceps. If your child’s tooth is impacted, we must remove some surrounding gum tissue in order to reach the tooth. Your child will need to be numbed with nitrous oxide or sedated via IV before this more-complex procedure begins. To prepare your child, you should discuss the steps involved with the Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry team before the actual treatment to help ease their mind and nerves.