There’s no pain like tooth pain. A tooth damaged by decay or injury can be painful, both on its own and while eating. Repairing the damage early can eliminate that pain and allow the child to eat and speak better.
Dental decay is a bacterial infection. Even in baby teeth, repairing cavities will halt the process of decay and keep it from spreading further in that tooth and throughout the mouth. Baby teeth can last for years, so it's important to take care of the issue right away. Ignoring early decay often results in more involved (and expensive) dental treatments later.
Studies show that caring for dental needs promptly reduces further complications and improves a child’s overall quality of life. Children suffering from cavities or damaged teeth may find it harder to chew, possibly affecting the child's nutritional intake. This can reflect in the child's level of overall health. It's important to correct dental issues as soon as possible.
Decaying or damaged teeth can become discolored with black, brown, yellow, or even white spots. This look can be unappealing for many, including your child, thus reducing their self-esteem. The appearance of teeth should never become a social issue. Restorative and cosmetic dentistry can often correct these minor imperfections and make teeth look the way they should, beautiful and healthy.
It may seem odd to repair cavities in baby teeth since they fall out eventually. But decay in baby teeth can still cause pain and make eating difficult. Leaving a tooth to rot can also lead to decay spreading. That's why it's important to repair the tooth as much as possible.
Yes! Our sealants and fillings are certified BPA-free. We do not place silver amalgam fillings in our practice. Our white fillings are primarily composed of ceramic, glass, and resin particles that are biocompatible and safe for children and adults. The advanced bonding systems we use require less removal of tooth structure and thus a more conservative (smaller) tooth preparation.
For small teeth that are about to fall out, filling in small cavities may not be necessary. Instead, typically we closely monitor them until they fall out. For all other teeth, it's important to treat those teeth quickly to alleviate pain and avoid infection. Taking care of baby teeth also helps protect the development of the permanent teeth underneath and maintain space for their eruption.
Cavities can be caused by various factors, with poor diet and hygiene habits being the most familiar. But other factors can affect cavity production, including saliva production, time, and genetics. We evaluate your child with every visit to determine where your child stands vs. where they should be, so you can make any necessary changes to improve your child's oral health.
Carefully! Our pediatric dentists have years of additional education, training, and experience to treat children of all ages properly and safely, including children with special needs. Our doctors use behavior management techniques to make the child feel safe and relaxed while providing the best oral health care possible.
Children can get cavities at any age. They can also sustain injuries to their teeth through sports activities or just general "roughhousing." These issues can cause difficulties now, and they can lead to other difficulties in the future.
We can repair a variety of issues in children, from cavity repair to bonding to dental crowns. If necessary, we can even extract a problem tooth. The result is better oral health for your child, which leads to better overall health!