- from Kirsten C. (Dental Assistant)
We understand that the appearance and shade of your teeth are important. Any time a tooth-colored filling or tooth-colored crown is done, we will shade match. We work with talented dental labs and are able to take and send pictures as well as do custom shading. Your satisfaction is our goal!
- from Kirsten C. (Dental Assistant)
This is a common question asked by parents, since these teeth are going to fall out anyway. However, if a cavity is left untreated, it will continue to decay deeper into the tooth. This can cause the tooth to break or the nerve to become infected, causing a painful toothache. At that point, the tooth would need either a pulpotomy (kiddie root canal) or to be extracted.
One function of primary dentition (or baby teeth) is to hold the space for permanent teeth. Children do not lose their last primary teeth until around age 12. If a primary tooth is lost too soon, the adjacent teeth can shift into the space before the permanent tooth is able to erupt. For example, the first and second permanent molars erupt behind the primary molars around ages 6 and 12. If the primary molars are lost too soon, these permanent molars may shift forward into the space where the permanent pre-molars need to erupt. To prevent this, a “space maintainer” can be fabricated and cemented in place until the teeth begin to erupt.
In conclusion, the answer is yes! Removing decay and placing a simple filling can prevent your child from needing more invasive and expensive treatment later on. Keeping the primary teeth in place until the permanent teeth are ready to erupt is important to help the permanent teeth erupt into the correct position.
- from Caitlin Z. (Dental Assistant)
Why do we choose to do white fillings instead of silver fillings? This has been somewhat of a controversy in dentistry for the last twenty years. Cosmetics is only a small part of the answer. Our mission statement for the office says we choose to provide excellence. In order to accomplish this we have to use the best materials available and also go to continuing education classes to learn the proper use and placement of these materials. By using the white fillings (composite resins), we are able to do very conservative restorations economically. Conservation of healthy tooth structure is a very important goal of ours, and we can achieve this much better when we use the white fillings. The ideal restorative material is cast gold, but the expense and appearance of this metal keeps most people from choosing this option. The white fillings look natural and are bonded to the tooth, thus reducing sensitivity and increasing strength as compared to the silver fillings. The white and silver fillings also have a similar wear rate, meaning they have the same potential for longevity. The silver fillings still have a role to play when we are unable to maintain a dry work environment in the posterior part of the mouth, and we do occasionally use them.
Overall, most of our restorations (fillings) will be the white material. If you have any questions on this subject or any other, please bring them up to us and we would be very eager to discuss them with you. Thanks.
- from Dr. Eichmeyer
If part of a tooth has been lost through decay or damaged due to an accident, we may recommend placing a dental filling in the tooth. Dental fillings are used to fill a portion of tooth and stop any future pain or discomfort. Commerce Drive Dental places white (or tooth-colored) fillings exclusively.
A tooth-colored composite resin filling will actually bond chemically to the tooth, whereas with amalgam (silver) fillings retention has to be created, thus possibly removing sound tooth structure.
A tooth-colored filling needs a more conservative preparation of the tooth and can even strengthen the tooth internally. You will also be very pleased with the appearance of a tooth-colored restoration. You won't even be able to tell that it is there!
- from JJ K. (Dental Assistant)
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