When a child has an aching tooth, or if we discover a cavity during a routine checkup, then treatment is vital for avoiding painful complications. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist explains how we treat these concerns with a filling, and the steps we take to ensure the finished product blends with your child’s tooth!
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
How do you know if your child should receive a dental restoration? When a cavity forms and reaches a more advanced stage, then tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks is common. Eventually, a persistent toothache could develop too. When your child complains about pain in his or her smile, please let us know right away. Treatment could prevent an infection, which not only helps your little one avoid further discomfort, but helps prevent premature tooth loss and lowers the risk of dental misalignment too! Remember, if you bring your little one to us for a checkup and cleaning every six months, then we can often identify the onset of cavities before discomfort ever develops.
Our Composite Resin Material
We don’t use metal at all for our fillings. Instead, we opt for a biocompatible and metal-free material known as composite resin. A blend of glass-like and acrylic ingredients, this material can be color-matched to blend with the tooth, and is able to stay in place for years to come. The filling prevents infection from developing, and helps your child avoid further sensitivity or aches. The entire process of treating the tooth only takes one visit.
Repairing a Decayed Tooth
We will begin with a thorough exam using digital technology to assess the cause and extent of the decay. We then administer a numbing agent, and possibly sedation, to help your child stay relaxed and calm throughout the entire process. We gently remove all decay and prepare the composite resin. We apply the material in several layers, and then sculpt the tooth as this material cures under a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more attractive appearance. Your child then leaves with a bright, healthy smile!
If you have any questions about recognizing and treating issues like tooth decay, or about avoiding the onset of cavities with proper homecare, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Ready to Treat Your Child’s Aching Tooth?
We want to help children of all ages avoid complications related to tooth decay. To learn about how we treat issues like tooth decay in little smiles then schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.