When your pediatric dentist detects a cavity during their examination they will recommend a means to restore the tooth in both form and function. Depending on the size of the cavity the area may be numbed to ensure your child is comfortable throughout the procedure. Often a “raincoat” or non-latex rubber dam is placed to protect your child from any debris during the cavity removal. Once the cavity is removed the tooth will be restored.
Depending on the size of your child’s cavity your pediatric dentist may recommend a crown, or “cap”, to protect their teeth. Baby teeth are small and often a cavity is large enough that the remaining tooth structure is insufficient to hold a filling. These caps are silver; however, white crowns are available to meet more esthetic needs.