Tooth decay is common in children of all ages, leading to discomfort and in some cases, serious dental infections. In order to prevent infections or premature tooth loss, we may suggest a restoration. When does a child need a restoration, and what should families in Galveston, TX, expect from this procedure?
Common Warning Signs
Teeth develop tooth decay when the outer layer of tooth enamel becomes compromised, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and reach the inner layers of dentin. The outer enamel may weaken as a result of plaque buildup, which accumulates due to poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugary foods and drinks. Without treatment, a cavity continues to grow and may lead to tooth sensitivity or toothaches. Eventually, the tooth may become infected and in some cases, prematurely lost. Losing a baby tooth early means a greater risk of misalignment.
In most cases, we treat a cavity using a dental filling. The procedure involves removing the decay from the tooth and cleaning it. We then etch the tooth surface and shade the material, which helps the composite resin we use in the filling match the tooth. We apply the material to the tooth and then use a light to cure the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth to help provide a more natural appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit to complete.
If your little one has a more severe case of tooth decay, or if a tooth becomes cracked or chipped, then we may recommend placing a dental crown. The restoration completely covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. We use a variety of materials to create them, including lifelike ceramic. Treating the tooth means removing a small amount of structure and then taking detailed impressions. We use the impression to design and create the crown. When completed, we place the restoration onto the tooth and secure it using a powerful bonding agent.
We have a few tips for preventing tooth decay, such as:
- Brushing teeth twice daily for two minutes each session
- Flossing before going to bed
- Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks
- Having teeth cleaned and examined by the dentist twice a year
- Seeking treatment for any injuries to the smile
If you have any questions about identifying and treating cavities, then contact our team today. We want to help your little one enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for many years to come!
Does Your Little One Need a Filling?
With our lifelike and custom restorations, we can improve your child’s oral health. For more information on our children’s dental care options, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.