Baby teeth serve the important function of eating, speech, and esthetics (self image).
These teeth not only help form the developing jaws, but they hold space for the
permanent teeth so that a normal bite occurs. The last baby tooth falls out at about
twelve years of age. A decayed baby tooth can become so badly decayed that it can
do damage to the permanent tooth. At times severe infections of the face, head,
and neck can be caused by infected baby teeth. So it is important to restore baby
teeth as soon as decay is first detected.
Teeth with dental decay can be restored either with amalgam (silver) or tooth colored
fillings. If the decay is extensive it will require the restoration with a crown.
Tooth Colored Fillings
In the past; cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings that are
alloys for silver and mercury. These fillings, especially when close to the front
of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. Sometimes, the filling is so
large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. These fillings (or restorations)
often weaken teeth due to the large amount of the original tooth that has to be
Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to Tooth colored or composite fillings
as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utilize
a soft white plastic substance that is hardened with a blue light.
Our doctors use Icon,
a revolutionary technology for treating early cavities that is
micro-invasive, virtually painless, and requires no needles or drilling.