Even with a good dental hygiene routine, sometimes cavities can happen. Our expert pediatric dentists at Dentistry for Children Virginia are here to provide a quick and stress-free solution when cavities strike. Dental fillings are a simple, easy tooth restoration to bring your child’s smile back to optimal chewing function and oral health.
What is a Dental Filling Made of?
Dental fillings, also known as composite fillings, are most commonly made of quartz, ceramic or silica. These tooth-colored fillings are non-toxic and durable, providing resistance to fractures and moderate pressure from chewing. These composite fillings are used on both front and back teeth and provide a natural look for the patient’s smile.
Why Does My Child Need a Dental Filling?
You may be asking, “Why does my child need a filling on a baby tooth?” Even though a baby tooth will eventually fall out, removing a cavity and restoring your child’s smile back to optimal oral health is essential for the development of their permanent teeth. Leaving a cavity untreated can cause the infection to spread, leading to tooth decay in more than one tooth. Filling a cavity stops the spread of tooth decay in its tracks and keeps your child on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles!
How Can I Prevent Needing Dental Fillings?
Preventing the need for dental fillings means preventing cavities and tooth decay. Essentially, the best dental filling is no dental filling at all, and prevention is the key to healthy smiles for life. You can help your child decrease their risk of cavities and other diseases by:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Limiting snacking and eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Visiting the dentist every 6 months
Benefits of Getting Cavities Filled
We know no one wants a cavity, but dental fillings are a great way to stop tooth decay from spreading so your child can keep a healthy, happy smile! Stopping the spread of tooth decay in primary teeth sets your child’s permanent teeth up to be healthy and disease-free. In addition to stopping the spread of decay, some tooth-colored fillings even contain materials that release fluoride. This protects your child’s teeth from further risk of tooth decay and focuses on getting them a bright, white smile. Getting a cavity filled promotes good oral hygiene and restores the integrity of your child’s smile.
Pediatric Dental Fillings FAQs
Will the Filling be Painful?
Thankfully, the procedure is not painful! Your dentist will use a topical anesthetic and a local anesthesia to numb the tooth and perform the filling. Your child will be numb following the procedure, so avoid eating and drinking until the numbness has worn off. Your child will be able to go back to school and feel back to normal right after the procedure!
How Does the Dentist Choose the Best Filling for my Child?
Your pediatric dentist will take several aspects into consideration when deciding the best filling for your child. They will look at your child’s age, dental history, activity level, and the location of the filling to choose the best filling for your child’s needs.
Call Dentistry for Children Virginia to Schedule Your Child’s Appointment!
Dentistry for Children Virginia is here for all of your little smiles! Contact us today to schedule your child’s next appointment with us.