Do Kids Need Dental Fillings?
Sometimes, parents assume that since baby teeth will fall out, treating a cavity isn’t a priority. But the fact is, lack of treatment could lead to severe decay or even infection, leading to premature tooth loss and major complications. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about dental fillings.
When the outer enamel is no longer able to protect the inner layers of dentin, exposure to bacteria will cause a cavity to form. Poor oral hygiene habits, which encourage plaque buildup and eroded enamel could be a factor, as could teeth grinding or an injury to the smile. Lack of treatment could enable tooth decay to spread and eventually cause an injection or in some cases, the premature loss of the primary teeth. This sudden loss alters how the permanent teeth arrive and mean that misalignment develops. Which is why addressing cavities, even in baby teeth, is so essential. You protect your child from worsening pain, and from serious oral health complications.
Placing Your Fillings
The process of placing a filling is a pretty simple one, and one that ensures a comfortable. We offer a local anesthesia to ensure your little one is comfortable as we remove decay for the tooth and thoroughly clean it. We then prepare and place the filling material, a composite resin that is metal-free and offers a more lifelike appearance. As the material cures beneath a special light, we will shape and sculpt the tooth to ensure a balanced bite and quality restoration. Finally, the tooth is thoroughly polished. In one visit, this stops decay and brings relief, while also blending with the smile.
You could also help your child avoid the onset of tooth decay. Be sure he or she attends six months checkup and cleaning visits, so we can watch for the earliest sign of trouble and treat decay before your child develops painful symptoms. We also remove all plaque and tartar with a cleaning, protecting the outer enamel. At home, help them brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss every evening. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks is helpful too. If you have any questions about how to avoid the onset of tooth decay, or when to seek treatment with our team, then please contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help your children enjoy good oral health and bright, beautiful smiles for years to come!
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment With Your Dallas, TX, Team Today!
Treating a cavity helps safeguard the health, stability, and appearance of your child’s smile. If you have any questions about preventing infections and premature tooth loss, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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