Composite Fillings for Children
More than half of children over age six have some degree of tooth decay. When cavities are left untreated, they can lead to pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, pediatric dentists are able to eliminate the risk of further complication or harm by simply filling the cavities.
Modern dentistry has made it possible to fill cavities discreetly using tooth-colored fillings for children, also known as composites. At Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental, we provide composite fillings in our offices that will allow your child to retain teeth that have gotten cavities in a way that is both functionally effective and visually appealing.
Does My Child Need a Filling?
Your child may need pediatric fillings if they have cavities. Though some cavities are obvious and cause pain, many are more difficult to see and asymptomatic. Your dentist will take x-rays as part of your child’s regularly 6-month checkup that will show if your child needs a filling or not.
All children should visit a pediatric dentist twice yearly for a professional dental exam. Regular exams can identify tooth decay in its earliest phases, when it is most easily treated. Additionally, regular cleanings and dental sealants can help prevent cavities from forming.
Be sure to consult your local pediatric dentist to determine if your child’s cavities need fillings.
Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
If your child does need tooth-colored fillings, the process is relatively simple. Your child’s teeth and gums will be numbed using a local anesthetic. The dentist will then remove decay from the teeth and clean the treatment site. A composite material will be bonded to the tooth surface and cured.
Finally, the filling will be adjusted for comfort. Though most children experience little or no discomfort during this process, it is normal to feel some pressure. If your child has dental anxiety or concerns about the treatment process, speak with your child’s dentist about sedation options.
What’s a composite filling?
A composite filling is made of a ceramic and plastic compound designed to mimic the color of the surrounding teeth. Your pediatric dentist uses them to fill cavities and help prevent further decay. They’re a subtle alternative to metal fillings, especially if the cavity is in a visible location.
Is a composite filling right for my child?
Your best place to start is with a consultation with your pediatric dentist, as every child’s situation will be different. However, in general, we’ve found parents and children both prefer composite fillings to metal, as they look more natural.
Does getting a composite filling hurt?
How should my child care for their composite filling?
All dental health starts with good oral hygiene. Make sure your child is brushing their teeth twice per day, for the full two minutes both times, to keep the area around the filling clean. Depending on how old your child is, flossing and/or a mouthwash may also be a part of their hygiene routine.
How do composite fillings compare to metal?
In addition to being less visible, composite fillings are excellent at preventing further decay. The compound used binds closely with the natural enamel, effectively sealing any spaces.
Long-Lasting, Durable Fillings
Composite fillings in children’s teeth are very strong and capable of withstanding the normal wear and tear of daily life. Most tooth-colored fillings will last many years, so long as children brush twice daily, floss once per day, and visit a pediatric dentist regularly for exams.
Pediatric fillings can fix teeth that are damaged, but keep in mind that the most effective form of treatment is prevention. In addition to ensuring children are observing the healthy oral habits listed above, parents can help their children prevent cavities by limiting exposure to sugary foods and beverages.
If you need tooth-colored composite fillings, visit Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental. With offices in Reno, Sparks, Fernley, and Gardnerville, our friendly staff is available and ready to welcome you and your child. Contact us at 775-800-4117 today or send us a message, and our staff will be happy to help set up an appointment for your child.
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