A pediatric dental filling is a dental restoration procedure that aims to treat cavities or other damage to a child's teeth. Fillings are made from various materials, including gold, silver, composite resins, and porcelain.
Pediatric dental fillings are an important part of maintaining good oral health for children. Fillings can help prevent further damage to the teeth and restore the teeth' function and appearance.
At Pediatric of Horizon West, we understand that having a parent or guardian present during a filling procedure can provide comfort and support for your child. Therefore we encourage you to accompany your child to the dental office. Pediatric dentists use special techniques and equipment to ensure your child is comfortable and their teeth are properly taken care of.
Dental fillings are among the oldest dental procedures.
First, Dr. Azer will perform a comprehensive oral exam on your child. He will use X-rays to evaluate your child's overall oral health and the severity of the issue.
Next, we will numb the area around your child's tooth so they won't feel any pain during the filling process. Once the numbing gel has taken effect, we'll begin drilling out the decayed or damaged tooth material.
After we've removed all of the decay, we'll start adding the filling material to your tooth. We will then shape it to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.
Once we are happy with the results, we will harden the material using UV light. Finally, we will polish your tooth to ensure it looks as good as new!
Pediatric dental fillings can prevent the need for a more invasive form of treatment.
Our pediatric dental fillings are designed with state-of-the-art technology that guarantees a smooth and natural look. We make sure to use materials that will blend naturally with your child's existing teeth so that they won't have any discoloration after the filling is complete.
Yes! Baby teeth play an essential role in the development of permanent teeth, and a dental filling can help ensure that your child's baby teeth remain healthy. If a cavity is not treated early, it can lead to more significant problems like pain or infection.
Dental fillings don’t hurt kids as much as most parents think. The treatment is largely painless because dentists place the kids under local anesthesia. The anesthesia stops the nerves from sending pain signals to your child’s brain. As such, the dental filling process will be painless, but kids will feel pressure and movement during dental work. In some cases, dentists first apply a numbing gel to your kid’s gums. This gel numbs the gums, so dentists can painlessly inject a local anesthetic into the affected area.
Yes, dentists will inject local anesthesia into the gums near the affected tooth. The most popular local anesthetics used for pediatric dental procedures are lidocaine and epinephrine. Sometimes, dentists might use a combination of both for the greatest effect. Dentists might also administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to kids with chronic dental phobia and anxiety. Doing so calms their nerves, keeping them relaxed throughout the entire procedure.
It’s normal for your kid to be anxious about their cavity-filling appointment. In these cases, adequate preparation goes a long way; it’ll ensure the process is seamless and takes the shortest time possible.
You can prepare your child for the procedure by dressing your child in loose, comfortable clothing during the day of the procedure. Also, try to teach them about the procedure and reassure them that they have nothing to worry about. Speak calmly and gently, and let them carry their favorite toys or blankets to the dentist’s office.
Filling cavities in kids is a short and painless procedure that takes no more than an hour. In fact, filling minor cavities can take as little as 10 minutes. However, cavities located at the back of the teeth take longer to fill while severe cavities might warrant a root canal instead of regular dental fillings.
Children in preschool between the ages of 2 and 6 years old are more susceptible to cavities. Although the primary teeth are almost fully grown, they have weak enamels that are more predisposed to cavities.
What’s more, children in this age group have a strong penchant for sugary foods. Sugary foods encourage the formation of cavities by nourishing cavity-causing bacteria. The bacteria produce acid as a by-product, corroding the enamel and causing cavities.
Dental fillings are pretty common in school-aged children. According to the World Health Organization, 60% to 90% of these children get cavities. Dentists recommend dental fillings as the go-to treatment option for these cavities.
However, it’s worth noting that dentists don’t treat all cavities in kids with dental fillings. They might recommend a root canal or a tooth extraction in cases of severe dental decay.
You should wait until the anesthesia wears off before your child can eat or consume hot drinks.