Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings For Children
More than half of children will have some degree of tooth decay by age six. It’s important to take children to regular check ups by their pediatric dentists to check for issues, fill any cavities, and keep their smile healthy.
Modern composite fillings are tooth-colored and hardly noticeable. Our compassionate dentists and staff will help create a safe, inviting atmosphere for your child. With anesthetic and sedation dentistry available, your child may hardly feel any pain or discomfort. We accept many types of insurance, including Medicaid for pediatric dental fillings. Our staff also speak English and Spanish to best serve the families in our community.
Schedule your child’s appointment for tooth-colored fillings in a safe and comfortable place with Tooth Fairy Dentistry.
Does My Child Need A Filling?
If your child has cavities, they will need pediatric dental fillings. Cavities don’t get better on their own, and ignoring them can lead to tooth pain, or make it necessary to pull the tooth.
Your pediatric dentist will take x-rays at your child’s regular 6-month exam to thoroughly check and see if your child needs a filling or not. Many existing cavities are difficult to see and your child may not be able to feel them at all.
Schedule a pediatric dental exam twice per year. Any tooth decay or cavities found early can be treated easily. Regular cleanings and dental sealants can also help prevent cavities from forming.
If you think your child may have a cavity, connect with your local pediatric dentist to get a full check-up and dental care.
How Pediatric Dental Fillings are Done
Applying tooth-colored fillings to your child’s cavities is quite simple. First, a local anesthetic will numb the teeth and gums. Our dentist will then remove any decay from the teeth, clean the treatment site, and bond the composite material to the tooth’s surface. The composite material will then be cured and made permanent.
There are sedation options available if your child has any anxiety about their treatment. Speak with your pediatric dentist about it. Gentle pediatric sedation is available to help keep your child comfortable, or even put them to sleep entirely. This is great for kids that are especially anxious, and children with special needs like Autism Spectrum Disorders.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a composite filling?
A composite filling is a tooth-colored dental filling made of a ceramic and plastic compound designed to match 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?
Generally, no. Though if your child does feel any pain, we will immediately stop and apply more anesthetic. A feeling of pressure on the tooth is normal for pediatric dental fillings. At Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental, we’re committed to ensuring your child has a pleasant, safe experience with us. We take every precaution to make sure your child is comfortable feels as little pain as possible, including gentle sedation dentistry.
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 mouthwash may also be a part of their hygiene routine.
How do composite fillings compare to metal?
In addition to being less visible, tooth-colored 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
Most tooth-colored fillings last many years through normal daily wear. In addition, good dental hygiene habits such as brushing twice daily, using floss once per day, and having scheduled visits with a pediatric dentist for exams will ensure good oral health.
Prevention is the most effective form of dental treatment. Parents can help prevent their children’s cavities by limiting their consumption of sugars in beverages and foods. Pediatric dental fillings can fix damaged teeth, but preventing that possible damage is the key.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
To get tooth-colored fillings, visit Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental. Our friendly staff is available and ready to welcome you and your child in offices located in Reno, Sparks, Fernley, and Gardnerville.