Your child’s teeth aren’t permanent, but they do have them for several years and you want them to look great. Prematurely lost teeth due to injury or decay can affect your child’s self esteem as well as factors like the development of their permanent teeth. When your child has a cavity in a baby tooth, it’s best to have it treated right away before it can spread too deeply and impacts other areas of the mouth. But a lot of parents are worried about what those fillings will look like. They don’t want large metal fillings or restorations that show every time their child smiles. Thankfully, it’s often a much better option to place white fillings in your child’s baby teeth instead.
What makes tooth colored fillings appropriate for younger patients? For starters, the material will bond directly to the tooth enamel; that means that less tooth preparation is needed during the treatment process. This is important not only because it preserves as much healthy enamel as possible, but because their teeth are so small and can’t support large fillings without needing a more complex treatment like a crown. White fillings are much smaller and keep your child’s smile looking like there was never a cavity to begin with.
Has your child complained about a sore tooth or sensitivity to certain foods? A routine exam and x-rays can identify problems as early as possible, keeping treatment simpler, more affordable, and more comfortable for your child. If your child hasn’t had an exam or cleaning in the last 6 months, it’s time to schedule an appointment today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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