Fillings are often the best way to restore a decayed, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth. At Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry in Oklahoma City and Midwest City, Oklahoma, the skilled dentists take great care to make all dental care a comfortable and stress-free experience for your child. Special needs adults are also welcome. Call the office closest to you to make an appointment today.
Fillings are treatments for cavities, broken teeth, or other problems that damage a tooth’s integrity. Fillings are the most common tooth restoration treatment for children because they’re generally durable, simple to place, and don’t require any maintenance.
Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry offers several options for fillings, including:
The most popular filling material is composite resin, a blend of plastic and finely ground glass particles. Your child’s dentist at Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry matches the composite resin to the exact shade of your child’s teeth, making it nearly impossible to see the filling.
Your child's dentist at Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry numbs the tooth to ensure comfort. Then, the dentist removes the decayed portion of your child's tooth. In some cases, your child’s provider might apply a glass ionomer layer to protect the inner tooth and nerve before applying the composite resin.
Next, your child’s dentist applies the first layer of composite resin. Because it takes several layers to complete the filling, a composite resin filling takes longer than other types of fillings. Your child’s dentist uses a special ultraviolet light to harden the composite resin rapidly.
Finally, they smooth edges and polish the composite resin to make it look completely natural within your child’s tooth.
Several factors can affect filling longevity, including the filling material, the affected tooth, and how well your child takes care of their teeth. Generally, fillings last for years. Although composite resin fillings might not last as long as amalgam fillings, most parents and children prefer composite resin for its natural look.
If your child has a large filling that makes up a significant portion of the overall tooth, it can become unstable and the filling could easily get dislodged. In this situation, your child’s Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry provider may recommend a crown. The crown covers the entire tooth to keep the filling in place and make the whole tooth stronger.
If you suspect that your child needs a filling, reach out now before the decay threatens their whole tooth. Call Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry today.