May 13, 2023
As parents, we try our best to ensure that our children stay healthy and happy. One of the ways to do so is by taking care of their teeth and oral health from a young age. However, sometimes, despite our best efforts, children can still develop cavities that require dental fillings. As a parent, it’s important to know what to expect when your child needs a dental filling. At Eastside Pediatric Dental, we make sure we provide a positive experience for you and your little ones.
Children need dental fillings when they have cavities or tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs due to plaque buildup on the teeth, which leads to the erosion of the enamel. The cavities created can cause discomfort, sensitivity, and pain in children and can lead to further complications if left untreated. Dental fillings are required to fill these cavities and restore the tooth’s structure and function.
Types of Pediatric Dental Fillings
There are several types of pediatric dental fillings. The most common ones are composite fillings, which are tooth-colored and made of resin. These are preferred as they blend in with the natural tooth color and provide a natural appearance. Silver amalgam fillings are another option, but they are less commonly used today.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Before the procedure, your dentist will examine your child's teeth and determine whether they need a filling. Local anesthesia will be administered to the area to ensure that your child doesn’t feel any pain during the procedure. The dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and prepare it for the filling. After filling, the dentist will shape the filling and polish it to match the natural tooth appearance.
After the dental filling procedure, your child’s mouth and lips may still be numb due to the local anesthesia. Because of this, it’s important to ensure that they don’t accidentally bite their tongue, cheeks, or lips while eating. Your dentist will also advise on what foods and drinks your child should avoid in the coming days. It’s also important to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing twice daily, using a mouthwash, and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups.
Pediatric dental fillings can be a daunting experience for both parents and children. However, with adequate knowledge and preparation, it can be a smooth and hassle-free experience for both. By taking care of your child's oral health, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting our office regularly, you can avoid the need for dental fillings and ensure that your child’s smile remains bright and healthy for years to come.