Dental Fillings Could Stop Your Child’s Toothache
When a child has an aching tooth, this could be caused by an untreated cavity. Over time, the discomfort could increase, and the tooth could become infected or abscessed. To avoid the complications and preserve tooth stability, we can place a filling. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about placing fillings for kids.
Tooth Decay and Persistent Toothaches
Cavities form when certain bacteria make contact with the inner dentin, the sensitive structure that makes up most of your tooth. This is possible due to compromised enamel, which typically protects the tooth. Poor oral habits like improper or infrequent brushing and flossing, combed with a diet high in sugar and starch, could lead to plaque buildup that weakens and erodes the enamel. As the tooth decay grows with time, the tooth begins to hurt. At this point, treatment is crucial for preventing infection and the risk of premature tooth loss. A dental filling could help save your child’s tooth!
Composite Resin Benefits
While metal is effective, this could be problematic for young children and doesn’t blend with their teeth at all. Instead, we can offer a more attractive alternative, and one that is safe for kids of all ages. Composite resin is a blend of quartz-like and acrylic-like particles, which are combined to create a durable restoration, one that can stay in place for years to come. We color match the material to ensure it blends with the tooth seamlessly, so your little one can smile with confidence.
Placing Dental Fillings
When we see your child, we will use digital x-rays to make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, and plan the treatment in detail. We numb the tooth so we can completely remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth, and then we clean it thoroughly. We place the prepared material in several layers and then as we cure the composite resin beneath a light, we sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance and a smoother finish. In a single visit, we can treat tooth decay and bring relief to your child’s smile. In addition to fillings, we also have stainless steel and NuSmile zirconia crowns to address more severe cases of tooth decay. If a tooth is infected, we also have a conservative root canal alternative known as a pulpotomy.
If you have any questions about treating tooth decay or infection, then contact our team today.
Your Dallas, TX, Pediatric Dentist Offers Cavity Treatment
If you want to find out more about treating tooth decay, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for our lifelike dental fillings, we invite you to contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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