Caring for your child’s teeth is important because of the role their baby teeth play before their adult teeth begin growing and are able to take place of the old baby teeth. By ensuring your children’s teeth stay healthy during their younger years will be vital for the health of their teeth when they are older.
What is a Tooth Filling
Dr. Jensen removes the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material once was. Starting by using a local anesthetic, the area around the tooth will be numbed. Next, a drill will be used to remove the decayed area. After all of the decay has been removed, the area will be cleaned, and the tooth-colored material is applied in layers. Next, a special light that “cures” or hardens each layer is applied. When the multilayering process is completed, the tooth and material will be shaped to fit your tooth.
Need for Fillings
When decay settles into a tooth, a portion of that tooth will need to be removed. Decay will spread, thus requiring the need for a tooth filling. Filings are also utilized when the tooth is chipped or cracked. Leaving a chipped tooth can lead to an infection and can ultimately require extraction if it is not fixed.
Though anyone at really any age can get cavities or have a need for a filling, there are some things you can do to hopefully prevent the need to do so.
- Brushing and flossing twice a day
- Limiting sugary and sticky substances
- Staying consistent with 6-month cleanings at the dentist.
By taking preventative measure you are less likely to need a filling due to decay.
It is important to care for your child’s tooth early in their life to avoid problems down the road especially when it comes to their adult teeth. Healthy teeth will help your child’s self-esteem we will help keep your children’s pearly whites stay healthy and looking good.
Call for a Consultation
If you’re wondering if your child’s toothache is in need of a filling or a different form of action, give us a call. At Timpanogos Pediatric Dentistry we ensure your child is comfortable through the process and we would be happy to assess the tooth in pain and determine the best way to eliminate the pain.