Fillings and crowns restore teeth to working condition.
Restorative Dental Care Services in West Jordan, Utah
Composite Fillings: Also known as “white fillings”. These fillings can be placed on any of the teeth and are considered the most aesthetically pleasing type of restoration. When possible, our office chooses to place composite fillings, because it allows more of the healthy tooth to remain intact than amalgam restorations.
Amalgam Fillings: Also known as “silver fillings” have been used for more than 150 years. This type of restorations is long lasting; however, it requires a greater amount of healthy tooth to be removed in order for the material to adhere than the composite option.
Pulpotomy: Commonly referred to as a “baby root canal”. This type of restoration is completed when the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth. In order to save the tooth, part of the nerve is removed and a medicated filling material is placed in the canal. The tooth is then covered with a crown or a filling.
Stainless Steel Crowns: These crowns are generally used on molars and premolars that have had extensive decay or required a pulpotomy. This crown is cemented to the healthy tooth that remains after all decay has been removed. Stainless steel crowns make it possible to keep a tooth that could not be restored otherwise.
Strip Crowns: This type of restoration is used when there is extensive decay on the front teeth. Unlike stainless steel crowns, strip crowns are white and are nearly indistinguishable from the child’s natural teeth. These crowns are made from the same type of composite material used in smaller white fillings.
Tooth Extraction: Teeth can be extracted for a variety of reasons, most commonly it is because the tooth has had some form of trauma or the decay is so severe that none of the other restorations will save the tooth.
Baby teeth may also be extracted if they have not fallen out on their own, in order to help the permanent tooth come in.