When your little one has a cavity, it can compromise their overall oral health and leave them with a lingering toothache. There’s no need to let sugar bugs get the best of their grin! Get your child’s smile back on track with pediatric dental fillings.
A filling is the bonding of special dental materials to repair holes in the teeth caused by tooth decay or damage. Cavities form when bacteria mix with left-behind sugars in the mouth and convert them into acids that erode your enamel until cavities form.
A filling is a minimally invasive restorative treatment that will prevent the spread of the cavity by removing the decayed portion of the tooth and replacing the portion of the tooth that was removed through drilling. This will restore the strength, structure, and aesthetics of the tooth. Contact us at Chula Vista Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.
Composite fillings last for an average of 5 to 7 years.
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Composite resin is a tooth-colored biocompatible material that is matched to the shade of your natural teeth using a shade guide. Using composite fillings allows us to maintain the aesthetics of your child’s natural teeth and preserve more of the natural tooth structure.
Since composite fillings harden instantly, they won’t face diet limitations for up to 24 hours like with amalgam fillings. Composite resin also doesn’t contain mercury or metal, which makes them more suitable for most patients.
The cost of treatment shouldn’t keep your child from getting the filling they need. We keep care affordable so your little one can have a happy, healthy smile.
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Getting a filling is a simple, painless, and minimally invasive procedure that can save you a lot of time and money in the long run by preventing the spread of tooth decay. When tooth decay is left untreated, it can cause an infection and even lead to tooth loss. This will require much more invasive, costly, and lengthy treatment than just getting a simple filling.
Modern fillings are also tooth-colored so you no longer have to worry about silver fillings disrupting your smile.
Fillings not only treat tooth decay and repair damaged teeth, but they also restore your tooth’s strength and functionality so that you can chew without worrying about breakage.
Dr. Rene will examine your child’s tooth and take digital scans to look for the presence of decay in the tooth. X-rays will reveal if decay is isolated enough to be treated with a filling or if it has spread to the pulp and will require a root canal.
Getting a filling is painless because we numb your child’s mouth with local anesthesia. If your child would prefer to be sedated during their procedure because they get nervous at the dentist, we offer laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesia.
With your child’s mouth fully numb, we will use a dental drill to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. This will remove bacteria and prevent the cavity from growing.
Etching the tooth helps the bonding agent stick. The tooth will be roughened and an acidic gel will be applied.
Composite resin is applied and molded to the tooth.
By exposing the filling to UV light, it will harden. Then, any additional trimming and shaping can be performed to make sure that the tooth is even with the other teeth and is not causing any disruptions to your child’s bite.
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Failing to get dental fillings for your child in time could put them at risk of severe dental decay and gum disease. The bacteria from a single tooth with cavities can spread to the next tooth and so on until most of the teeth are infected. This can lead to excruciating pain and eventually leads to gum disease, which may advance to periodontitis if left untreated.
Dental fillings are not as invasive as other treatments for dental decay, like root canals. However, they still involve some drilling and other invasive procedures. Fortunately, we use local anesthetics to ensure a completely painless procedure, regardless of the number of teeth requiring dental fillings.
Dr. Rene will inject local anesthesia (epinephrine or lidocaine) into the gums below the affected tooth. This numbs the region by blocking pain signals from the nerves to the brain. As such, your child won’t feel any pain but will still feel pressure and movements. He’ll also prescribe painkillers to manage pain and discomfort after the procedure.
Your child might need fillings for baby teeth, just as you do for adult teeth. We use three criteria to determine the necessity of dental fillings for baby teeth. For starters, we look at how close the teeth are to falling out. Baby teeth that are almost falling out don’t require dental fillings, unlike those that are yet to do so.
Next, we look at the extent of dental decay or the size of the cavity. Teeth with large cavities require prompt dental filling to retain their structural integrity. Dr. Rene will also assess the likelihood of the cavity spreading to the rest of the teeth. He’ll then recommend dental fillings if there’s a likelihood that the cavities will spread.
No, you should wait for at least a day before feeding your child solid foods following their dental filling appointment. Instead, you’ll want to nourish them with soft, easy-to-chew foods and plenty of liquids. Some of these soft foods include pudding, scrambled eggs, yogurt, mushy peas, and soaked bread.
We also advise against feeding your child foods that are too starchy or sugary. Such foods promote the proliferation of mouth bacteria and contribute to dental decay. You’ll want to stick to soft, low-sugar foods and wait at least two hours after the procedure to resume either regular diet.
The process of getting pediatric dental fillings lasts no more than an hour but could take longer depending on how many teeth require fillings and the type of teeth to be worked on. Sometimes dentists break down the procedure into shorter sessions if your child has problems sitting still or has multiple decayed teeth.
Pediatric fillings may also take longer in stubborn children since they’re likely to prolong the behavioral guidance stage of getting dental fillings. In such cases, the dentist might administer Nitrous (IV) oxide sedation to keep the child calm and conduct the procedure seamlessly without interruptions.