While our goal at The Pass Pediatric Dental Group is to help your child avoid cavities, most children need to have a dental filling placed at some point. While we do still offer metal amalgam fillings, now we’re also able to restore your child’s tooth back to health with a modern composite resin filling, which also provides the best aesthetics available.
When Does My Child Need a Dental Filling?
If your little one’s tooth enamel becomes compromised by the acids and bacteria that cause decay, the decay will need to be removed, which leaves a hole, called a cavity, in your daughter or son’s tooth. Filling the hole left by decay will protect the integrity of their natural tooth structure and provide full function when they’re eating and chewing. Eliminating tooth decay at this stage is much easier than when it has progressed into the pulp of the tooth.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Using composite resin for tooth-colored fillings provides durability and aesthetics. They are a more conservative choice for a dental filling because they preserve more natural tooth structure than metal fillings. If your son or daughter has a cavity on a permanent tooth, a tooth-colored filling has the potential to last for many years with a good home care routine and regular dental checkups.
What Is the Process Like When My Child Gets a Dental Filling?
Getting a dental filling is a reasonably simple process for your little one, and Dr. Meghanne can typically complete it during one appointment.
Dr. Meghanne will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, which ensures that your son or daughter do not feel anything during their procedure. Once the tooth is completely numb, she’ll remove the decayed area of the tooth and make sure it is completely clean and free of tooth decay.
Then she will custom blend composite resin to match your child’s tooth and place it into the open space left by the tooth decay. A special light is used to cure and harden the composite material, and then Dr. Meghanne will smooth the filling and ensure that your child’s bite is functioning accurately.
Now the procedure is done, and your little one’s tooth is healthy once again! They should be able to return to normal activities right away and eat as soon as the anesthetic wears off.
Contact Our Dental Office
If you have questions or concerns about dental fillings, your child’s procedure, or if your little one is feeling anxious about their treatment, please contact The Pass Pediatric Dental Group. Dr. Meghanne is happy to discuss options for dental sedation if your child is feeling fearful about their treatment.