Pediatric Dental Fillings in New York
The Help That Your Child Needs
Even children who take the best care of their teeth may experience tooth damage and decay. Although dental fillings are common, most people do not fully understand what they are. We strive to make sure every patient understands our process and feels comfortable in our environment. To put it simply, a dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if a tooth has been damaged by decay or if a child is suffering with cavities.
What Is the Dental Filling Process?
The dental filling will be made up of natural-colored, composite fillings used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your child’s smile to a healthy state. Both Dr. Robert N. Goldsmith and Dr. Jessica Lynch make sure that each filling is placed safely and precisely to help ensure a lasting restoration. The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. We will begin by removing the decayed and damaged portion of the tooth and cleaning it to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the area with the filling material and shape it to match the tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration. If your child’s teeth are decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great way to restore your child’s oral health and help them feel great about their smile again.
What Are The Signs That I May Have A Cavity?
There are several signs that indicate you may have a cavity. These can include a sharp toothache or tooth sensitivity, especially when you bite or chew. There also may be sensitivity to extreme temperatures. It is also possible that you will be able to see or feel the presence of a hole in the affected tooth. Contact the professionals at West Side Kids Dental if you are showing symptoms of a cavity.
Do Baby Teeth Seriously Need Fillings?
This is a frequently asked question, especially since we all know that baby teeth fall out to make room for permanent teeth. However, if the baby tooth is impacted by tooth decay, it's important to get it filled. This is because if left untreated, the tooth decay and/or cavity will become more difficult to treat.
Additionally, untreated cavities can lead to more serious oral health problems down the line that may require additional and more expensive treatments.
Some of the other reasons why it's important for baby teeth get fillings include:
- Pain from lingering cavities can lead to problems with eating or speaking
- Decaying baby teeth can have a negative impact on the way permanent teeth come in
- Cavities are infections and can pass from tooth to tooth
- Discolored or missing teeth can negatively affect a child's self-esteem