What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are specifically designed to replace areas within a tooth that have become decayed. Tooth decay is incredibly common, especially among children. In order to prevent the decay from getting worse and affecting the entire tooth and inner pulp (nerve), we will remove it and place a filling. Fillings are tooth-colored and can last for many years without the need for replacement.
Why might Dental Fillings be needed?
The reason your child will need a filling is because they have a cavity. Cavities can form due to poor oral hygiene habits as well as a poor, sugar-laden diet. Some children are simply more prone to decay than others. Fillings replace areas of decay within one or more teeth, so they offer both restorative as well as cosmetic benefits.
What makes your child a candidate for Dental Fillings?
To determine if your child needs a filling, we will perform an examination. Cavities can be found on all different surfaces of the teeth. X-rays may be helpful in finding hard-to-spot areas of decay. If you child has a cavity, it is crucial that it be filled as soon as possible to prevent the decay from getting worse.
What can be expected during the Dental Filling procedure?
The dental filling procedure involves numbing the area with a local anesthetic. We then use a slow speed drill to remove any and all decay from the tooth itself. The small hole that is left behind is prepped for the filling material. We place a bonding gel inside of the hole and wash it away. Composite resin is then placed in this hole and cured into place with a special light. The same process can be repeated for any other cavities that are on the same side of the mouth. Composite resin fillings can last for many years before it is a good idea to have them replaced.
If you would like to learn more about dental fillings for children, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members.