What to Expect When Your Child Gets a Filling

If your child is slated for a dental filling procedure, it's natural to wonder what lies ahead. But before delving into the details, let's take a moment to explore the world of dental fillings: their purpose, procedure, and benefits.

What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a restorative dental treatment that uses filling material to repair and restore damaged teeth. This filling material is typically made of amalgam, gold, ceramic, porcelain, and composite resin. The filling fills the holes and damaged areas, restoring the tooth’s shape and function. 

The Pediatric Dental Filling Process

The dental filling process is straightforward and only takes about an hour or less. Here’s a brief breakdown of the process:

Step 1: Initial Consultation  and Evaluation

The first step is an evaluation where the dentist creates rapport with you and your child. The dentist will first check the dental health of your child’s teeth and take X-rays to determine the extent of dental decay. This information helps determine the suitability of dental filling for the issue. If suitable, the dentist will explain the procedure before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Anesthesia, Tooth Isolation, and Cavity Removal

The dentist will inject a local anesthetic into your child’s gum near the affected tooth to numb the region. Next, they’ll use a dental dam to create a barrier and prevent saliva flow to the affected tooth. The dentist will then use a drill to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and prepare the tooth for filling placement.

Step 3: Filling Placement, Shaping and Polishing

The dentist will select an appropriate filling material that matches your child’s tooth. Next, they’ll carefully apply the dental filling on the teeth until they fill up the cavity completely. The filling material is cured after applying each layer to harden and secure it to the tooth. The dentist will then shape the tooth and gives it a final polish for a natural sheen.

How to Keep Your Child Calm When Getting Dental Fillings

Dental filling treatment is an invasive procedure involving injections and other sharp, whirring instruments. Here are some tips to help keep your child calm during the procedure.

Preparation Is Everything

Prepare your child for the procedure by discussing what it involves and explaining why they’re getting dental fillings. Remember to use a gentle but cheerful tone to give them the impression that they should be excited about it. You should also dress them in comfortable, loose clothing to make them feel relaxed.

Stay By Their Side

Staying with your child during the treatment is a great way to keep them at ease. You can try holding their hand, and letting them squeeze it when they feel scared. This gives them some level of assurance and allows a seamless procedure.

We’re Here for You and Your Child!

Now that you know what to expect during your child’s pediatric dental filling session, it’s your responsibility to adequately prepare them for the treatment. You’ll also want to limit your child’s consumption of sugary foods to prevent similar appointments in the future.

If your child needs dental fillings contact us here at Little Smiles of Eastvale for professional and expedient dental filling treatment. Your child’s smile is our top priority!

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