How We Place Your Child’s Dental Filling

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When your children often complain about a toothache, this could mean there is a cavity that needs attention. To bring relief and repent complications, your Dallas, TX, pedantic dentist could suggest care with a dental filling. In today’s blog, we’re talking about how we treat cavities and what placing a filling involves.

When Kids Need a Filling

A dental filling is a restoration designed specifically to address cavities, a common oral health issue that arises in little smiles. Cavities form when harmful bacteria is able to make contact with the more sensitive inner layers of tooth structure. This could happen when a tooth is damaged, or if poor oral hygiene habits weaken the outer enamel, causing demineralization and erosion. If your child attends checkups, then we have the chance to diagnose them early and provide treatment before discomfort develops. Otherwise, you may not know your child needs a filling until he or she complains about a toothache or discomfort when eating or drinking.

The Benefits of Composite Resin

At one time, metal was used in the creation of fillings. While effective, they also contained trace amounts of mercury, making them unsafe for very young children. Instead, we provide a mercury and metal-free option crafted from composite resin. A blend of glass-like and acrylic particles, this material prevents temperature-related sensitivity, and can also be color-matched to blend with the color of the tooth. Placement only takes one visit. After we administer a local numbing agent, and possibly sedation, we will remove decay and place the material onto the tooth. We then sculpt the composite resin as this material cures under a light. The last step is to polish your child’s tooth for a brighter appearance!

Avoiding Further Cases of Tooth Decay

To help prevent cavities in your child’s smile, make sure your little one brushes in the morning and again at night, and uses a rice-sized bit of fluoride toothpaste. Kids also need to floss every evening too. You can assist your toddler aged children, and monitor your older ones. Each session should take two minutes, and you can time them with a fun song or video. Trying to cut back on sugary foods and drinks could help too, and we also urge you to bring your little ones in for checkups and cleanings every six months. If you have any questions, give us a call today. We would love to help your kids enjoy optimal oral health and learn more about their smiles in the process.

Schedule At Our Dallas, TX Dentist’s Office for Your Kids

Our team wants to help children avoid the complications of untreated cavities. To schedule an appointment or find out more about treating cavities, contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.


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