Your child brushes twice a day, but he still needs a filling. It happens. Even the most disciplined brushers sometimes need a filling to restore a tooth’s health and proper chewing function.
When a cavity is diagnosed or clinically visible by Dr. Brandtner he has to decide what type of filling he needs to do. Dr. Brandtner considers which materials to use on an individualized basis, taking into account the size and location of the cavity. Cosmetic considerations, how long the filling could last, insurance coverage and out of pocket costs are some other factors taken in to consider. Two different types of fillings are done at our office, amalgam (silver fillings) and. composite (white fillings). Fillings require enough tooth structure to successfully keep the filling in place. This procedure is typically scheduled on a different day than the child’s dental cleaning. Allowing 30 minutes for a filling procedure to take place allows plenty of time for Dr. Brandtner to prep the tooth, place the filling and keep the appointment quick for the child.