Studies have shown that almost 33% of children aged 2 to 5 have had a cavity. Even though baby teeth are only around for a few short years, it’s still important to keep them healthy because they hold the space for your child’s adult teeth. They also help develop proper speech patterns and help your child chew.
The procedure is the same for a child as it is for an adult. Depending on the size of the decayed area, a local anesthetic may be given, and if your child has any anxiety over the procedure, we have some sedation options available to make the procedure more comfortable.
After the decay is removed, a special gel is used to clean and etch the surface. Once the filling material is in place, it is light cured, polished, and adjusted to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your child’s bite. Tooth-colored filling material is much like a natural tooth in texture and is matched to your child’s tooth color.
After treatment, it’s important to maintain a regular homecare routine of brushing and flossing twice daily, so your child’s restorations stay healthy and prevent any more decay.
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Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, are made of a mixture of plastic and glass materials. They match the tooth’s natural color, providing a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Unlike amalgam, they bond directly to the tooth structure.
Yes, tooth-colored fillings are safe for children. They do not contain mercury, which is a concern with silver amalgam fillings. The materials used in tooth-colored fillings are considered biocompatible and widely accepted in pediatric dentistry.
The lifespan of tooth-colored fillings can vary, but on average, they can last between 5 to 10 years or even longer with proper oral care. Regular dental check-ups will help monitor the condition of the fillings and address any issues early on.
Tooth-colored fillings are versatile and can be used for various types of cavities in children’s teeth. However, the dentist will assess the size and location of the cavity to determine the most suitable filling material.