Cavities are a very common occurrence in young patients. If your child has dark or light spots on their teeth, is experiencing tooth sensitivity, has mouth swelling, or seems lethargic, chances are they have developed a cavity. Dental fillings help keep your child’s tooth safe after they’ve had a cavity. Here’s how you can prepare your child for a dental filling.
What is a cavity?
Cavities are small pockets of decay that develop in the enamel, or hard outer layer, of a tooth. They form due to plaque and bacteria buildup, either due to poor oral hygiene, a diet that is high in sugar, starches, or acids, or a combination of the two. For example, if your child has a sweet tooth and doesn’t brush their teeth thoroughly every day and night, the plaque and bacteria on their teeth will begin to grow and cause tooth decay.
Treatment for cavities
Sometimes you or your child will be able to tell if they have a cavity. However, often cavities are virtually undetectable and can be identified only by your child’s dentist. When you come in twice a year for regular cleanings and exams, our team can catch cavities in their early stages. When your child has a cavity, the process for treating them is called a filling. The hole created by the decay is filled to prevent further damage.
What are dental fillings?
Fillings are typically made of resin, a glass and plastic mixture. They are tooth-colored and blend in with your child’s smile. The filling procedure is very painless, and typically takes around fifteen minutes. First, your child’s dentist will carefully examine their teeth to locate and identify the cavity and make note of its size. They will then administer an anesthetic, whether local or in the form of a sedative, to help your child feel at ease during their treatment. From there, they will remove any trace of decay from the tooth. Finally, the dentist will apply the filling and seal it with a UV light.
Affordable pediatric dental care in Cibolo, TX
Our experienced staff at Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics cares about your child's health. We offer a wide range of preventive and restorative services for growing smiles. Contact us to schedule an appointment and check out our financing page to learn more about our affordable treatments. We also have some special offers for new patients!