Filling , Root Canals, Cleaning
If the decay is in the enamel or dentine layer only (not affecting the nerve of the tooth) the decay can be removed and a filling placed in the cavity.
The two most commonly used filling materials for children’s teeth are:
Glass Ionomer Cement
Adheres directly to tooth enamel and dentine and so helps prevents leakage around the edge of the filling.
Releases fluoride which can help prevent further decay.
Glass Ionomer is quite brittle and prone to wear and so it is usually used in areas which are not under a lot of pressure from chewing.
Reinforced Glass Ionomers have recently been developed which can be used in higher stress areas, such as the biting surfaces of the teeth.
It is quicker and easier to place than composite and is therefore popular for use with young children where cooperation for treatment is often more difficult.
Glass Ionomer is tooth coloured but the appearance and shade matching is not usually as good as with composite fillings.
Composite fillings come in many shades which match and blend in well with the tooth.
A bonding agent is used to adhere the filling material to the tooth.
A blue light is often used to give faster setting of the filling.
Composite is stronger and more wear resistant then glass ionomer.
Pulpectomy is also called baby root canal treatment. A cavity that involves the nerve of the tooth will cause a child to experience intense pain. Although the pain may actually subside for a period of time using antibiotics, it will return unless the tooth is properly treated by your pediatric dentists.