Although your child's baby teeth will fall out naturally as they grow, it's still important to restore damaged baby teeth with fillings. Dental fillings are usually the simplest way to treat cavities. By removing the decay and replacing it with a strong tooth-colored filling, Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias can halt the progression of the cavity. This restores your child's smile and eliminates the discomfort of the cavity.
Early treatment with a filling prevents further complications like premature tooth loss and tooth infection. This can save time and stress.
Cavities can progress and lead to pain, discomfort, and sensitivity. Fillings can help eliminate these symptoms.
Fillings require the removal of less tooth material, streamlining the process and helping your child stay comfortable. Losing a tooth prematurely due to decay can cause space loss.
Since composite fillings are tooth colored, they will be matched to the color of your child’s existing teeth, which will look and feel natural.
Composite fillings require the removal of less tooth structure, which helps streamline the process and keeps your child comfortable during the procedure.
Composite fillings are suitable for treating both baby teeth and adult teeth with cavities, making them a preferred option when possible.
Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, occur when bacteria in the mouth eat sugar and starch and excrete acid. Over time, this acid weakens the outer layer of enamel. Eventually, this results in a hole in the tooth or a “cavity.” Cavities are not inevitable. They can be reduced with a healthy diet and proper at-home oral hygiene.
White fillings are made from strong and durable composite resins (we do not offer silver fillings). To begin the process, Dr. Christina or Dr. Elias will gently numb your child's mouth. Then, they will trim away the decay and apply the filling material, sculpting the filling until it looks just like a natural part of your child's tooth. As the last step, your child's bite will be checked and any adjustments will be made to make sure your child's bite feels perfect.
To begin the process, Dr. Christina or Dr. Elias will clean and numb your child’s mouth. Then, they will trim away damaged enamel and apply the filling material, rebuilding the tooth layer-by-layer. They will adjust and sculpt the filling until it looks just like a natural part of your child’s tooth. As the last step, your child’s bite will be checked using a special type of paper, and final adjustments will be made.
If you suspect your child has a cavity, don’t wait. The sooner they get care, the better the outcome will be.
Here are a few tips our board certified pediatric specialists will recommend on how to properly care for your child's teeth:
You should brush your child’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. You’ll need to brush their teeth for them until they’re about 6 or 7 years old. Usually this is when your child can tie his or her own shoes.
Avoid candy, sugary and starchy snacks, and processed foods. Your child should eat a healthy diet of lean meats, fresh veggies and fruits, healthy dairy, and whole grains. Avoid sugary drinks like juice and soda. Water and occasional milk is recommended.
Routine six-month visits allow Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias catch potential cavities early. Our team at Saginaw Kids Dentistry can also administer preventive treatments like fluoride treatments and dental sealants, which help prevent the formation of cavities.
Dr. Christina and Dr. Elias are here to help your child restore their smile in Saginaw.