When a cavity forms in your child’s tooth, this could grow more severe with time and eventually lead to serious problems for your smile. For example, your child could develop infection or even lose a tooth! To treat the tooth and prevent these issues, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist may recommend a dental filling.
What Causes a Hole to Form in Little Smiles?
How do cavities develop? Well, the issue could have a variety of causes, but the most common is weakened enamel due to the foods and drinks your child consumes, combined with poor oral health habits. For example, foods and in beverages high in sugar, which can include seemingly healthy options like fruit juice and sports drinks, coats the teeth in particles that bacteria will break down. This leaves layers of plaque behind, which weaken and erode the outer enamel. Lack of proper brushing and flossing each day further increases the risk by leaving these stray particles behind for bacteria to consume. Other causes include injuries to the teeth, which could crack and chip them to expose sensitive inner tissues to bacteria.
Creating A Metal-Free Filling
If we discover a cavity during your child’s exams, or if you’re brought your little one in due to an aching tooth, then we will need to place a filling to provide relief and prevent the onset of an infection. To begin, our team will make sure your child feels welcome and comfortable. We will anger questions and discuss better oral health habits. We then administer a numbing agent to ensure your child is comfortable, and we can also offer sedation for kids with severe anxiety or developmental issues that make undergoing care difficult. We then remove all decay and clean the tooth. We then prepare the filling, which is made from a composite resin, a metal-free material we color-match to blend with the tooth.
Placing the Restoration and Preventing Cavities
We place the material and then shape the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter and more lifelike appearance. To avoid future cavities, we suggest better brushing and flossing habits, fewer sugary foods and drinks, and of course, seeing us every six moths for a checkup and cleaning visit. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today!
Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock Offers Restorative Repair
Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock is ready to tackle a cavity and offer a lifelike and dependable solution. If you want to learn more about treating minor and advanced cavities, then start by contacting the Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock in Round Rock, TX at 512-733-5311.