At Young Smiles Pediatric Dentistry we prefer to use directly-bonded, tooth-colored resin fillings whenever possible. The bond between tooth and filling helps to prevent a recurrent cavity from forming and the filling is more esthetically pleasing to the family. If a cavity is large or a tooth is fractured a crown may be necessary. When possible and always for anterior teeth, we prefer to address this with tooth-colored crowns that make the teeth look new again.
A composite filling is a tooth colored quartz-like material. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, this tooth colored material is layered into the tooth. Each layer is hardened or cured with highly intense visible light, and the final surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.