White fillings or composite/resin fillings are mercury-free non-metallic fillings. This is the only material used for filling teeth in our office. We do not use any material that contains mercury.
Teeth are extracted or removed when they are unsalvageable by any treatment. This may be due to decay, infection or trauma. Teeth are also extracted for orthodontic reasons when there is inadequate space in the jaws to accommodate all teeth. With careful use of nitrous oxide, topical anesthetic and local anesthetic, extractions are performed on children with minimal discomfort.
Pulp Treatment (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy)
Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, which runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured by severe decay, the pulp tissue dies leading to infection and a dental abscess. In place of removing the tooth, the pulp is treated which allows the tooth to remain in the mouth until the end of its natural life. The procedure involves removal of dead tissue and placement of medicated materials in the root canal. Following this, a stainless steel crown is placed over the tooth to make it strong.
A crown is necessary when there is extensive decay or abnormal shape due to decay or injury. A crown can make the tooth stronger and improve its appearance by restoring its shape and size. For front teeth a white crown is used and for back teeth an all stainless steel crown is used. If you prefer, for back teeth a crown with white facing can be provided; however, such a crown is not as durable as one without a white facing.