Tooth decay affects more than 50% of children over the age of six. Cavities that are not treated can cause severe pain, infection, and tooth loss. Fortunately, by simply filling the cavities, pediatric dentists can reduce the danger of developing severe problems. For children, modern dentistry has made it feasible to fix cavities with tooth-colored fillings in a discreet manner. Tooth-colored fillings are also useful in restoring teeth that have been cracked or broken, such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding.
Types of Fillings Available
Composite fillings are appealing because they can be custom-prepared to match the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide good durability and fracture resistance in small to mid-sized areas that endure moderate pressure from frequent chewing stress. They are suitable for both the front and back of the teeth.
Ceramic fillings are a visually pleasing and long-lasting alternative. Ceramic fillings, unlike composite fillings, are usually constructed of porcelain and are less likely to discolor over time. Ceramic fillings are strong and last at least 15 years, so they are a worthwhile investment, even if they seem slightly expensive.
Glass ionomers (acrylic fillings) are a suitable alternative for youngsters whose teeth are changing, as these fillings last less than five years. Fluoride is also released by them, which helps to prevent tooth decay.
If your child does require tooth-colored fillings, the procedure is straightforward. A local anesthetic will be given to the child to numb his/her teeth and gums. After that, we'll clean the treatment area and remove any decay from the teeth. The tooth surface will then be covered and cured with a composite material.
Finally, the filling will be adjusted to make it more comfortable. For most children, it is common for them to feel some pressure. If your child is afraid of the dentist or the treatment process, we can talk about sedation options that will help them relax during the procedure.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings for Kids
- By getting a cavity or decay filled early, you can eliminate the chances of developing some more serious dental problems.
- It lasts for a long time and gives parents peace of mind knowing that their child's dental health is good.
- No one will be able to know your child has fillings since they will blend in with the rest of their teeth.
- Eating is a lot less painful for them now that they have tooth fillings.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.