in Richmond, VA
We, at Bitty Bites Pediatric Dentistry, are committed to keeping our young patient’s smiles clean and healthy through preventive dental care, including professional cleanings and fluoride treatments. If, however, your child develops a cavity, a dental filling may be necessary.
How Do Cavities Develop?
Tooth decay is the breakdown of the tooth enamel, the hard outer surface of a tooth. It is caused by bacteria feasting on sugary or starchy foods, such as candy, bread, milk, fruit, and soda, and producing acids. Bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combined, form a sticky substance called plaque. If the plaque is not removed by regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, the acids begin to eat away at the enamel, creating holes called cavities. Tooth grinding can also compromise your child’s tooth enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
How Are Cavities Treated?
Cavities are typically repaired using dental fillings. The procedure involves removing the decayed parts of the tooth and filling the hole with the filling material. Leaving decay unchecked can result in the condition progressing, potentially requiring more involved treatments down the road. That is why we encourage you to keep up with your child’s regular exams, during which we can uncover tooth decay in its early stages when easiest and most comfortable to treat.
Types of Dental Fillings for Children
We offer tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities, this option is safe and restore your child’s oral health. Tooth-colored fillings, made of a composite resin material, are usually the choice for restoring the front teeth because they blend in seamlessly with your child’s smile. Fillings must be maintained with good brushing and flossing to increase longevity and prevent recurrent cavities around the margins of the filling. Dr. North will work with you to determine the best tooth filling option for your child.
Dental Fillings for Kids Can Be Comfortable
We use a Single Tooth Anesthesia Wand System, a pain-free, gentler alternative to dental anesthesia to numb your child’s teeth. We also offer sedation options because we understand that some kids are anxious about dental procedures. Our goal is for your child to enjoy a relaxed, stress-free experience at our office.
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