April 6, 2021

Prepare Your Child For A Dental Filling

If your child has a cavity, it’s time to prepare them for their first dental filling. Yes, it’s essential to fix a cavity, even in primary teeth. Dental fillings play a crucial role in preventing the cavity from getting worse. Cavities will not disappear on their own they may grow in size. There is a potential for a domino effect, whereas one cavity will lead to another before too long. The tooth decay will widen and deepen, leaving your child prone to brittle teeth and the possibility of cracking or breaking. 

FACT: 

Dental fillings are a fundamental procedure to remedy cavities and stop the condition from worsening or leading to other dental problems. 

What is the Dental Filling Procedure?

The dentist gently removes the tooth decay from your child’s tooth, cleans it, then fills the cavity. The filling may or may not require the use of a local anesthetic. The most common local anesthetic is typically injected with a needle to numb the affected area. It’s a good idea to take your child’s primary teeth cavities just as seriously as you would for permanent teeth.

The Different Types of Dental Filling Materials

The material used in the dental filling will vary depending on the location and severity of the cavity. Please book an appointment; we will be happy to walk you through the process. 

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are a safe, effective, and long-lasting treatment for dental decay. Dental amalgam consists of an alloy of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Amalgam, used in dentistry for over 150 years, is one of the most reviewed materials in modern dentistry. It has been refined over the years to be safer and more durable than ever before.

Amalgam is a strong, stable substance that endures well when placed in a wet environment. It’s also a good option because it can tolerate the dramatic changes in temperature within your mouth.

Amalgam Placement

First, the dentist drills the tooth to remove the tooth decay; then forms the tooth cavity for placement of the amalgam filling. Next, your dentist will mix the encapsulated powdered alloy with liquid mercury to form a putty. Then the malleable putty is placed and shaped inside the prepared cavity. The putty rapidly hardens into a solid filling. 

Composite Resin Fillings (Tooth-Colored)

A composite resin filling is made up of ground white porcelain and durable resins. The material is somewhat flexible, resulting in reduced drilling and saving more of your natural tooth. The resin material in composite fillings creates a strong bond to your tooth. It’s tooth-colored and an excellent option for teeth that are exposed or visible when you talk or smile. 

Composite Resin Placement

First, the decay is gently removed, the area is cleaned, then the composite resin material is layered. Next, a tiny UV light is used to harden the filling immediately. Finally, the dentist will use a small file to remove any sharp edges or shape the material. Your child is left with a beautiful, natural-looking smile. 

Which Dental Material Is Best?

No matter the material used, you will have a filled cavity that will protect your childs bite and tooth while providing structural support. A filling will prevent other, potentially expensive, dental problems for your child, like an infection. Also, cavities’ presence may suggest underlying concerns, like a poor diet or improper dental health care. We can guide both of these areas. 

Preventing Childhood Cavities

The power to avoid cavities in the future is in your hands simply by practicing proper dental care and diet. Be a role model for appropriate dental care is a great start. For infants, make sure to avoid putting them to sleep with their bottles. As well, proper bottle use is essential, so only fill their bottle with milk or formula. Finally, the most important is supervising their oral care routine until they are old enough to perform it properly themselves, usually around 6 or 7 years of age. Let us know our questions.

“Dr. Choi and her staff at Playtime Pediatric Dentistry were amazing with my 3 year old son who needed to get a cavity filled. Going to the appointment I was anxious about how my son would react and about the effects of sedation. When I walked into Dr. Choi's dental practice I felt immediately more at ease. From the very child-appealing decor, to their patient and caring approach, Dr. Ella and her staff know that treating children is about much more than completing a dental procedure. They were very skilled in making my son feel as comfortable as possible and have everything set up to make things go smoothly. I was very impressed and would highly recommend Dr. Choi to other parents. Michelle Q.”