Lawrence & Andover Restorative Dentistry
Composite (White) Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are the most lifelike material used to fill cavities. Composite fillings can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is filled with this composite material that hardens immediately after placement.
Bonding is the process of applying a tooth-colored composite material to the tooth in order to preserve the tooth structure while allowing the tooth to maintain a natural appearance. In order to bond a tooth, tooth colored material is added to the tooth to build it up. Bonding is often used to correct the shape of a chipped tooth, correct the appearance of a cracked tooth, and/or provide more even tooth color.
Pulp Treatment (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy/Baby Root Canal)
Root canals involve treating decay that is inside of the tooth. If the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is damaged it will gradually decay if left within the tooth. The pulpotomy involves removing the pulp, cleaning out the root canals, and packing the canals with material that will help restore the tooth until it is time for it to exfoliate (or fall out on its own naturally).
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a severely decayed or damaged tooth. Dental crowns can be completed in a single visit. We use stainless steel crowns to restore baby teeth.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative materials may need to be removed. Before removing the tooth, the area will be numbed with local anesthesia. The tooth is then loosened using a special dental instrument known as an elevator. After the tooth is loosened from the socket, it is removed.