As your pediatric specialist, our goal is to help your child avoid cavities, and we do this by talking with them about their oral health and brushing and flossing habits during their routine visits. However, with that said, most children will need to have a dental filling placed to restore a tooth affected by decay at some point.
We are happy to provide your child with tooth-colored fillings, which are the most durable and aesthetically-pleasing option available today.
When Is a Dental Filling Necessary?
The harmful acids and bacteria that gather in your son or daughter’s mouth after meals and snacks can eat away at tooth enamel, causing it to become compromised. When this happens, the decay leaves a hole in the tooth known as a cavity.
Your pediatric dentist will fill the hole with tooth-colored composite resin, and this filling will restore the tooth to health, so your child can eat and chew comfortably again. Using a filling to eliminate tooth decay is much easier and more comfortable than treating it once it has progressed into the nerve or pulp of the tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite resin provides both durability and aesthetics when restoring a tooth. A tooth-colored filling is also a more conservative choice since it preserves more of your child’s natural tooth structure than metal fillings. If it is a permanent, adult tooth that we are looking to restore, a composite resin filling has the potential to last for many years with a good brushing and flossing routine and regular dental checkups.
What Is the Process for Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling?
Your child’s comfort is always our top priority and completing a dental filling is a relatively comfortable and straightforward process for your son or daughter we can finish during one appointment.
Your pediatric dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, which will ensure that your child doesn’t feel anything during the procedure. When the tooth is numb, they will remove the decayed area of the tooth, clean it thoroughly, and make sure it is entirely free of decay.
Next, composite resin is blended to match your child’s tooth and then placed into the space left open by tooth decay. Your pediatric dentist uses a special light to cure and harden the composite material, and then they smooth the filling to ensure that your son or daughter’s bite is functioning correctly.
That’s the end of the procedure, and their tooth is now restored to health! Your little one should be able to return to his or her usual activities right away and can eat normally once the anesthetic wears off.
Contact Our Pediatric Dental Office
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about tooth decay or dental fillings recommended for your child.