Even the most disciplined brushers sometimes get cavities and need a filling. A dental filling restores a tooth to its healthy state and proper chewing function. Our dentists at Coastal Kids Dental & Braces are ready to swoop in and take action to prevent further damage.
We carefully consider a number of factors before prescribing the procedure, most importantly whether or not the tooth is decaying and any infection risks. Your dentist will clean up the area, remove the cavity and complete the filling. Our caring and experienced team are here to make your appointment stress-free for both parents and kids. Schedule an appointment with Coastal Kids Dental & Braces today to help your child have a lifetime of healthy smiles!
What Is A Dental Filling Made Of?
Composite fillings are made to look just like your teeth! Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, are a dental restoration that is made of a non-toxic material, primarily quartz, ceramic, or silica, and are now used more often than silver or gold fillings. Composite fillings offer durability and resistance to fractures in small to mid-size fillings that need to withstand the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth, so they are a great choice for patients who would like their fillings to look more natural! In a society focused on a white, bright smile, composite fillings are a simple solution to dental fillings.
Ways To Prevent Needing Dental Fillings
When it comes to preventing cavities, prevention starts with education! No one wants a dental filling, so check out these tips to dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss daily
- a balanced diet and limit snacking
- Drink plenty of water
- Schedule a dental visit every 6 months
With these few easy tips, you can be on your way to healthy smiles for life. Talk to your dentist at Coastal Kids about preventing cavities at your next visit!
Why Your Child May Need Dental Fillings
As a parent, you may be wondering why baby teeth need to be filled if they’re just going to fall out. Pediatric dentists recommend you take care of baby teeth the same way you would take care of adult teeth – they’re just as important! A cavity, or tooth decay, is caused by specific germs. Once those germs are present in the mouth, they can spread and cause long-term problems. If the tooth decay goes untreated, it can cause problems for the incoming permanent teeth. The dentists at Coastal Kids know that a healthy smile is a happy smile, and we want to help you achieve just that!
Benefits Of Getting Cavities Filled
Getting a cavity filled now can have lifelong benefits for your child’s smile! A dental filling can curb the spread of germs that cause tooth decay and ensure a healthy smile for your little one. If a cavity goes untreated, it can become a more serious problem that leads to your child needing a root canal or a dental crown. Creating a healthy smile now means a confident, happy smile in the future!
Call Coastal Kids Dental & Braces To Schedule Your Child’s Dental Filling
If your child is in need of a dental filling, our dentists at any of our nine convenient locations throughout Charleston are ready to serve your smiles. Call today to schedule an appointment and see how we make going to the dentist fun!
Pediatric Dental Filling FAQs
Will the filling be painful?
A dental filling should not be painful. Prior to the procedure, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area and also use a topical numbing cream. Your child’s comfort is our top priority!
How does the dentist choose the best filling for my child?
Before a cavity is filled, your pediatric dentist will look at the location of the cavity, your child’s age, prior dental history, their lifestyle, among other factors to determine the durability and need of the filling. Every child’s mouth is unique, and our dentists at Coastal Kids Dental & Braces will make sure your child’s smile is happy and healthy!