Fillings are used to restore areas of your child's tooth affected by decay. At Orthodontics Pediatric Dentistry - OPDSF we use composite (tooth-colored) materials to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all decay has been removed.
Reasons for Fillings
What Does a Filling Involve?
First, our doctors will answer any questions you and your children have and will apply anesthetic to the tooth requiring the filling. Then your San Francisco dentist will thoroughly remove the decay that is present and prepare the tooth for either the composite filling.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material, which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium.
Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, composite fillings are "bonded" or attached with adhesive directly to the tooth surface. This often allows for a more conservative repair than traditional fillings with their inability to bond to the tooth structure. Since traditional fillings do not bond to the tooth, amalgam is packed into the tooth, and may loosen over time. Amalgam fillings often require that more tooth structure be removed to create a space that will hold the filling in place.
Composite fillings require that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the entire filling process, and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your child's mouth and how heavily your child's teeth come together when they bite.
If your child's tooth is sensitive for a week or more it is important to call our office at Orthodontics: (415) 316-0829 Pediatric Office: (415) 316-0830 so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.