We are a mercury-free practice. Most of the fillings we place are tooth-colored restorations, also known as composite resins. These attach by actually bonding to the enamel and dentin of the tooth. creating fillings that are not only natural in appearance but also add strength to weakened teeth. They can be used to repair most decayed teeth, as well as to restore tooth structure that has been broken off in an accident. There are situations, however, where alternative restorations are a better choice. Sometimes the decay in a primary (baby) tooth is very extensive, or it involves the nerve tissue and the tooth then requires pulp treatment. In these cases a stainless steel crown is preferable in order to preserve the tooth for the remainder of its time in the mouth. For front teeth, where esthetics is a concern, these crowns are available with white facings. We will will always discuss with you what type of filling(s) we recommend for your child’s particular situation.