Traditional dental restorations at Hyde Park Pediatric Dentistry are completed with a composite (white) filling. These fillings use ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These dental fillings are strong and durable, as well as aesthetically pleasing. We use this filling material in the front part of the mouth in order to preserve aesthetics. We will also use this material in the back of the mouth based on the size and location of the decay.


Stainless steel crowns are utilized on the posterior teeth (in the back of the mouth) when the size and location of the decay does not allow placement of a composite filling. These crowns are cemented onto the top portion of the tooth with a resin containing cement and will cover the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gum line. These crowns will help retain the primary tooth and save the space for the developing permanent tooth.


Our office utilizes Zirconia crowns when the child has large decay in the front of the mouth. These crowns can also be placed instead of stainless steel crowns when the parents prefer the improved aesthetics. The placement of these crowns is very technique sensitive and they generally need to be placed while the child is sedated.


Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:

  • The amount of tooth structure remaining
  • Where the decay is located
  • The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
  • The length of the procedure

Dr. Katie will discuss options for treatment of decay and help you decide which treatment is best for your child.