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Pediatric Dentistry
Walter J. Turner,
D.D.S., S.C.
605 E. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone: (715) 839-9896
Fax: (715) 839-8131

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 4:30pm

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Treatment of Cavities

Restorations are provided when a cavity is diagnosed on a primary (baby tooth) or permanent tooth. Primary teeth play an important role in oral development. They aid in speech development, bone growth, and chewing. Also, these teeth are not lost until between the ages of six and twelve.

Fillings are used to restore function and integrity to a tooth with decay. Dr. Turner utilizes both silver amalgam and white resin fillings. Extent of decay, cost, application area, function, and aesthetics all factor in to Dr. Turner’s recommendations.

Crowns prevent fracture of a restored tooth or repair teeth that are discolored, chipped, or severely decayed. A crown improves the strength and/or appearance of a tooth. Dr. Turner will typically recommend a stainless steel crown for back teeth and a plastic composite crown for front teeth.

Deep cavities can affect the nerve of a tooth, causing it to become irritated and inflamed (a toothache). When dental pulp is injured through decay or trauma it can abscess. Pulpotomy treatment or pulp therapy involves removing the infected pulp. The area is cleaned, medicated, and sealed. A pulpotomy can usually save a badly decayed baby tooth. After a pulpotomy, a crown is usually placed to prevent fracture of the tooth.

*Please note all materials are ADA and FDA approved.