Restorative and Cosmetic Services
Composite (White) Fillings
Dental fillings are used to patch holes that dental decay creates in a tooth. Dr. Rawson uses composite (white) fillings (that do not contain BPA or amalgam) in order to make a tooth healthy and strong again. Decay that is large or close to the nerve are not good candidates for white fillings and may require other treatment options.
Pulp Treatment (Pulpotomy/Pulpectomy/Baby Root Canal)
When decay is large and has reached the nerve of the tooth, Dr. Rawson may recommend a pulpotomy or pulpectomy. The goal of this procedure is to remove the diseased dental pulp (the nerve). A crown is then placed to cover the entire tooth.
When tooth decay is large and cannot be restored with a filling due to the size/extent of the cavity, a crown may be recommended. Crowns completely cover the remaining tooth structure after the decay has been removed. We offer several different options as crowns are made of different materials (stainless steel, porcelain, zirconia or combinations of these materials). Dr. Rawson will discuss the pros and cons of each option based on the size of decay and location of the tooth in your child’s smile (front tooth vs. back tooth).
It is always our goal to help your child maintain their natural teeth, but sometimes teeth need to be removed. Severely decayed or cracked teeth may not be able to be saved with fillings or crowns, and may need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth, extra teeth or crowded teeth are other circumstances that indicate an extraction. Dr. Rawson always has your child’s comfort in mind and may perform the procedure in-office or refer your child to an oral surgeon.