Materials High-Quality Dental Products Used in Treatments Our high-quality fillings are both durable and effective for your child's best oral care. We apply our fillings and sealants to primary and permanent teeth as needed. Let our friendly staff know if you have questions! Sealants Sealants are an acrylic coating used to fill in (seal) the grooves on the chewing surfaces of primary and permanent teeth. Because sealants need to be repaired at times due to wear (grinding, chewing ice, etc.), it is essential to have sealants routinely checked every 6 months at your child's examination. Composite Resin Tooth-colored acrylic resins were initially developed for front teeth but can now be used in fillings in posterior teeth (molars) as well. Advantages include strengthening the teeth by bonding to the tooth, less invasive, lack of mercury and heavy metals, natural appearance, and some fluoride protection. Procedure The bonding procedure is usually completed in one visit. The first step is to remove the decayed or unsightly portion of the tooth. The tooth is then etched with a liquid or gel, and a bonding agent is then applied. This will allow the composite resin to be placed in the prepared tooth. The resin is then trimmed and polished, leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural-looking restoration. We only use composite resins in permanent teeth. Amalgam Dental amalgam is an alloy of metals that is used as a dental filling material. The chemical properties of amalgam allow it to react with and bind together. Stainless Steel Crowns Stainless steel crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over an entire tooth. They are commonly used in Pediatric Dentistry as a way of preserving primary teeth that have become significantly decayed or damaged. Silver Diamine Fluoride Also known as SDF, is an antimicrobial liquid that can help stop tooth decay and help with sensitivity. The treatment is fast and the teeth do not need to get numb. SDF can help buy time for very young, fearful, or special needs patients that may otherwise need sedation or General Anesthesia for traditional dental treatment. Space Maintainers Dental space maintainers are devices used to leave enough space open for permanent teeth to grow in after primary teeth are lost prematurely. While it might not seem like a big problem at first, not taking care of a gap can lead to expensive problems down the road.