Resin-Modified Glass Ionomer:
Our team will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tooth coloured restorations in each situation and make recommendations based on the best interest of your child.
When a cavity has destroyed a tooth to the extent that there is little tooth structure left for a filling, or a pulpotomy has to be performed, we must support the remaining tooth structure with a stainless steel crown (SSC)
When the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, the SSC will loosen and fall out similar to a primary tooth.
When your child’s tooth has a deep cavity or the tooth has suffered an injury, an infection in the nerve of the tooth can occur. A pulpotomy is a very common procedure in which the infected portion of the nerve is removed and a medicament is placed to preserve the remaining healthy nerve tissue. A pulpectomy is completed when the pulp tissue is irreversibly infected or necrotic (dead). The entire nerve is removed to preserve the tooth. A Stainless steel crown is often the best restoration that can be placed for either procedure to protect the remaining tooth structure.
When a primary tooth is lost early due to a cavity or trauma, a space maintainer should be inserted to avoid space loss. If a space maintainer is not inserted, future orthodontic treatment may be necessary.
The space maintainer is cemented in place and will be removed when the permanent successor is ready to erupt into the space. If the appliance loosens or dislodges, please notify us immediately and keep the appliance in a safe place for re-cementation.