No one enjoys a toothache, and for kids and grown-ups alike, toothaches often mean the presence of a cavity. Treating dental cavities means a dental restoration, such as a filling, which helps protect the tooth from infection or even premature tooth loss. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how we protect smiles in Galveston, TX, with dental fillings.
The Dangers of Tooth Decay for Baby Teeth
Often, parents ask us if a cavity in a baby tooth really requires treatment. After all, the tooth is destined to simply fall out, right? While true, a tooth could fall out several months or years after a cavity forms. Which means in that time, the cavity will grow more severe until the tooth becomes infected. The tooth will then need to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection, and stop the painful aches and sensitivity. Losing a tooth early means the permanent teeth may not erupt evenly, causing misalignment that could require orthodontic care in the future. If your child complains about a toothache or tooth sensitivity, let us know as this is often the first sign of a cavity. Also, be sure your little one sees us every six months for an exam, so we can identify decay in the earliest possible stages.
The Dental Fillings
If we find your child has a cavity, we will treat the issue to avoid discomfort and infection. We begin by removing the decay from the tooth and thoroughly cleaning it. We then prepare and apply the composite resin in several layers. We use composite resin because the material is metal-free and safe for kids of all ages. In addition, we can shade the material to ensure it blends with the rest of the tooth structure. As the material cures, we shape the tooth and then polish it for a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit to complete!
Preventing Future Cavities
What steps can one take to avoid the onset of cavities in the future? First, try to make sure your kids consume fewer sugary foods and drinks, even fruit juice and sports drinks could put their teeth at risk. Also, make sure your child brushes and flosses every day, and you may need to assist your younger children. Make time for a routine checkup and cleaning, and let us know if your tooth develops any aches or sensitivity. If you have any questions, remember that we’re always available to address your concerns.
Does Your Child Need a Filling?
Remember, baby teeth that develop cavities still need treatment to prevent infections. For more information on our approach to childhood restorations, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.