When a child has a cavity, this could lead to pain and eventually, premature tooth loss. To prevent issues, like misalignment or dental infection, then your child needs a filling. In today’s blog, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how we use a dental filling to treat cavities, and how we ensure they look natural.
The Cause of Tooth Decay in Childhood
Children develop tooth decay much in the same way adults do. For example, consuming foods and drinks high in sugar feeds harmful oral bacteria and promotes plaque and tartar buildup. The buildup then weakens and erodes enamel to make cavities possible. In addition, any injury to the teeth that cracks or chips the outer tooth enamel could make tooth decay possible. Finally, issues with the growth and development of the teeth and jaw, and certain illnesses in childhood, could lead to weakened tooth enamel. With a routine checkup, we can catch the earliest signs of weakened enamel. Otherwise, you may not know your child needs care until he or she complains about sore, aching teeth.
Creating and Placing Biocompatible Fillings
If we examine the teeth and discover the presence of a cavity, then our team could place a filling to treat the problem in one visit. Instead of using metal for the restoration, we have a biocompatible composite resin that is metal-free and safe for all ages. Our team first administers a numbing agent to keep your little one comfortable, and may also provide sedation. We then remove decay and clean the tooth. After we apply the composite resin, we shape the tooth as this material cures under a special light. The final step involves polishing the tooth thoroughly. Kids enjoy relief and a lifelike repair in only one visit!
Preventive Steps Moving Forward
To help your little ones avoid tooth decay completely, make sure they brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and that they floss every evening. You may need to do this for toddlers and assist or monitor older kids. Offer snacks and meals light on sugar, and encourage them to drink plenty of water. Finally, be sure we see you every six months, so we can keep a close eye on your child’s smile as it grows and develops.
If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, or about the lifelike restorations we offer, then contact our team today. We want to help your kids enjoy their best possible smiles!
Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock Provides Lifelike Restorations
Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock wants to provide a solution to a painful cavity in only one visit. To find out more about how we approach cavity treatment, then contact your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.