Dental fillings are a common restorative dental procedure used to treat cavities and decay in teeth. Cavities are tiny holes that form in teeth due to the buildup of bacteria and plaque. If left untreated, they can cause severe damage and tooth decay. Dental fillings help restore the tooth structure and prevent further decay.
At Tiny Tooth Pediatric Dentistry, we use tooth-colored fillings that blend in seamlessly with your child's natural teeth. These fillings are made of composite resin, which is a strong and durable material that can withstand the pressure of chewing.
Some reasons why your child may require a dental filling include:
• Tooth decay
• A chipped or broken tooth
• Trauma to the tooth from a fall or injury
• Erosion of the tooth enamel due to acid reflux or frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods and drinks
• To replace an old filling that has worn out or become damaged
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Columbia & Eldersburg pediatric dentist Dr. Su Kim will examine your child's teeth and determine the extent of the damage to decide if a filling is necessary.
If the cavity is deep, Dr. Su may numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort.
Dr. Su will remove the decayed part of the tooth using a dental drill or laser.
The tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the filling material to be placed.
Dr. Su will place the chosen filling material into the prepared tooth and shape it to match the natural tooth.
Once the filling is in place, Dr. Su will polish it to smooth out any rough edges.
Once everything is done, Dr. Su will check the bite to ensure it is comfortable and the filling is secure.
You can help your child prevent cavities using these simple steps:
• Encourage your child to brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
• Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
• Ensure your child eats a balanced diet.
• Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Su.
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Dental fillings are not considered permanent, as they can eventually wear down or even fall out. However, with proper oral hygiene, they can last for many years.
The need for a numbing shot will depend on the extent of the decay and the sensitivity of the child. In some cases, a local anesthetic may be necessary to ensure that the child does not experience any discomfort during the procedure. Our dentist, Dr. Su, will discuss this with you and your child before the procedure.
Yes, after getting a filling, a child can resume their normal eating habits. However, we recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods that can damage the filling or pull it out of place.
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