Dental sealants are placed in an effort to prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth. They take only a few minutes to apply for each tooth, and can last several years. It’s a simple procedure in which a white “coating” is painted onto the teeth fill in the deep groves. Once a sealant is in place, it acts as a barrier to protect the tooth from plaque, food and acids that would normally get stuck in your child’s back teeth. This makes it easier to keep clean them with a toothbrush, and prevent cavities when properly cared for.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
If your child is very young and has a cavity or has small areas of decay, Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) can be used to stop the cavity from growing larger. This is a less invasive treatment for young children that helps keep children form having a negative experience at the dentist. This technique has been used in other countries, including Japan, for over 150 years.
A Dental filling is needed to fix a tooth when it has a cavity. The damaged tooth structure is removed, and then a filling is placed to repair the tooth back to a functional state. We offer both Composite (white) fillings, as well as Amalgam (silver) fillings. Dr. Peterson will decide which type of filling is the best fit for the specific tooth in need. However, in the front teeth we will almost always place white fillings.