When your little one has a cavity, it can compromise their overall oral health and leave them with a lingering toothache. There’s no need to let sugar bugs get the best of their grin! Get your child’s smile back on track with dental fillings.
Filings are one of the fastest, simplest, and most affordable ways to treat cavities for kids. Cavities are a big deal, even if they're only present in the baby teeth. Cavities can cause pain and discomfort, and may lead to infected teeth or even tooth loss. The baby teeth are just as important as your child’s adult teeth, since they help form the paths that adult teeth follow when they emerge later in life. With a dental filling, your child’s tooth will stay healthy for years to come.
A study from the NIH has shown that, on average, kids from the ages of 2-11 have 1.6 decayed baby teeth.
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Composite fillings are matched to the color of your child’s tooth so it can blend in with the rest of their smile. Very little enamel is removed when adding a composite filling, which allows your child’s tooth to stay healthy and strong.
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Small cavities can cause tooth sensitivity and tenderness to heat, cold, and the pressure of chewing. And bigger cavities could even cause a serious toothache. With a filling, you can eliminate your child’s pain and discomfort.
If it’s left untreated, a cavity will only get worse. Eventually, this may lead to a tooth infection. Without proper treatment, the infection may cause the tooth to fall out, or require extraction from a dentist. With a filling, your child won’t be at risk of losing a baby or adult tooth.
Children's dental fillings are simple and affordable, and are covered by dental insurance. This makes them a budget-friendly option. This is especially true compared to more invasive treatments like baby root canals, which may be needed if your child doesn’t get a filling to treat their cavity.
First, your child’s dentist will examine their mouth for signs of cavities. This may take place at a routine six-month visit, or whenever you bring your child into our office and suspect they have a cavity. If your child is complaining of pain, discomfort, or tenderness in one of their teeth, consider bringing them in for a checkup.
After your child’s dentist confirms their cavity, you’ll schedule a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, your child’s dentist will clean and numb their mouth. Then, they will use a dental drill to gently remove any damaged or decayed enamel from their tooth.
Once your child’s tooth has been prepared, their dentist will fill their tooth using a special type of tooth-colored composite resin. This resin is soft when it’s applied to the tooth. Then, your child’s dentist will sculpt, harden, and shape the resin to fill the tooth. As the final step, your child’s dentist will check the fit of the filling and make any necessary adjustments. Then, you and your little one will be ready to go home.
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Yes. Dental fillings for kids are usually covered in some way by most insurance policies, though you may be subject to a deductible or yearly maximum coverage for your child, depending on your insurance plan. As always, we recommend contacting your insurer directly if you have any questions about your child’s coverage and want to make sure that their fillings will be covered.
Fillings are used to replace decayed tooth, which will continue to degrade if it’s left untreated. Your dentist prepares the tooth by removing any remaining unhealthy tooth, and then it’s replaced with the filling material.
This stops the progression of the cavity by eliminating all damaged tooth material, as well as the bacteria that contributes to decay. In turn, this keeps your child’s smile bright and healthy.
Cavities aren’t always deep enough to cause pain or discomfort, but this doesn’t mean that they can be ignored. Over time, cavities will always become more serious, and could even result in an infected tooth if they are not treated. We highly recommend contacting your child’s dentist about treatment with a filling or SDF (silver diamine fluoride) if you suspect your child has a cavity, even if they aren’t feeling any discomfort or pain.
Your child may report feelings of sensitivity or discomfort when chewing, eating hot or cold foods, or eating very sugary foods. This is a common sign of a cavity. More advanced decay may result in intermittent toothaches and pain.
You may also be able to recognize visual indicators of tooth decay. If you look inside your child’s mouth and see a dark brown or black stain on their tooth, or you think that you can see visible pits or holes in your child’s tooth, it may be a cavity or tooth decay. If you suspect that your child has a cavity, contact your child’s dentist right away for an oral exam.
No. Dental fillings do not hurt at all. In fact, after having a filling placed, your child won’t have to worry about tooth pain or sensitivity caused by a cavity, so they can smile brightly and eat their favorite foods without any more discomfort.
The process of getting a filling is minimally-invasive, and your child’s mouth will be numbed to ensure they don’t feel any pain. In addition, we offer sedation to make sure that your child can remain completely comfortable.