At The Spot for Smiles, we understand that pediatric dental care requires attention to detail, patience, and a gentle touch. Our dental fillings are a key part of our services, helping to prevent tooth decay and maintain healthy smiles in children.
A dental filling is a procedure that involves removing decayed or damaged tooth material and filling the space with restorative material. This process restores the tooth's shape and function, preventing further decay and damage to the tooth. At The Spot for Smiles, we use tooth-colored fillings that blend seamlessly with the natural color of your child's teeth.
Untreated cavities can cause more significant problems such as infection, abscess, and tooth loss.
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Dental fillings are crucial in preventing the spread of tooth decay, which can lead to more serious dental problems. By removing the decayed material and filling the space, we can save the tooth and prevent further damage.
When a tooth is damaged, it can affect your child's ability to eat and speak properly. Dental fillings restore the tooth's function, allowing your child to eat and speak comfortably.
Tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly with the natural color of your child's teeth, improving the appearance of their smile.
To ensure your child is comfortable during the procedure, we'll apply a numbing gel or anesthetic to the tooth and surrounding gum tissue.
Using a dental drill, we'll carefully remove the decayed material from the tooth.
Once the decay is removed, we'll clean the tooth thoroughly to ensure there is no remaining debris.
We'll fill the space with tooth-colored filling material, carefully shaping it to match the natural contours of the tooth.
Finally, we'll polish the filling to ensure it's smooth and blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
From start to finish, Dr. Ian Marion, our experienced Folsom & Elk Grove pediatric dentist, will ensure your child's filling procedure is comfortable and stress-free.
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Yes, your child can eat after getting a filling. However, we recommend waiting until the anesthesia wears off completely before eating, as they may accidentally bite their tongue or cheek due to the numbness. Additionally, it's important to avoid hard or sticky foods for the first 24 hours after the procedure to avoid dislodging the filling.
The lifespan of a filling depends on the material used and your child's oral hygiene habits. That said, composite resin fillings can last up to 10 years, while silver amalgam fillings can last up to 15 years.
No, getting a filling should not be painful. The dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be filled, so your child won't feel any pain during the procedure.