Even though baby teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent adult teeth, those baby teeth serve an important role. They hold space for the adult tooth that will eventually erupt and are guided by the placement of the baby tooth. That is why daily brushing and flossing are so important for your child’s developing smile.
When tooth decay results in a cavity, your child will need a filling. Our dental practice offers dental fillings to repair teeth with mild to moderate tooth decay. Made from tooth-colored white composite or silver or amalgam material, dental fillings restore the tooth’s function while protecting it from further decay.
Don’t Let Your Child’s Decay and Fall Out Early
Still, it can be tempting to ignore fixing a damaged baby tooth, but here are some reasons the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advise against letting succumb to decay, because your child may suffer from the following:
- Oral pain
- Progressive dental infection
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Damage inflicted on surrounding teeth
- Interrupted speech development
- Insufficient sleep
- Poor self-esteem
- Missed school attendance
- Low grades
Along with taking care of your child’s teeth at home and having routine dental cleanings and checkups where fluoride may be applied, the combined effort will help your child’s teeth avoid cavities as their permanent teeth come in.
Dental Fillings Help Your Child Keep Smiling
A dental filling can be done in just one office visit. If your child needs a filling, our dentist can repair the tooth using sedation and numbing the area, so your child can relax and feel calm. The decayed material is then removed, the tooth cleaned and filled with a suitable material, then hardened to restore the tooth’s shape, size and function.
Taking good care of your child’s teeth is important as they grow, and as a parent you want them to help them have a healthy smile for a lifetime of good oral health. Our Sugarbug Dental team is happy to answer all your questions about dental fillings for your child or schedule their next visit. Call (805) 985-2400 today, and let us help you get your child ready for a successful school year!