Helotes Pediatric Dentistry offers composite pediatric dental fillings, which are made to replace tooth decay and blend in with the surrounding teeth. Whether you think your child may have a cavity or you know for sure that they need one or more fillings placed, our team is here to help. Contact our office to schedule an appointment for your child today by giving us a call or sending us a message through our virtual contact form, and we will be in touch with you shortly.
Do dental fillings hurt?
Before we begin removing the decayed area of the tooth, a local anesthetic will be injected into the gums near the tooth to completely numb the area. Your child may feel some pressure on the tooth while we are working on it, but their treatment should be painless. If your child is anxious about their appointment, our office does provide dental sedation options that can be used to make their experience more relaxed and pleasant.
How long do dental fillings take?
The length of your child’s treatment will depend on a few factors, like how much decay is present and where it is. Once we diagnose the decay, we can give you an estimate for how long it will likely take. In some cases, if we find decay during a routine dental exam, we can take care of it during the same appointment, as long as your family has time and our office has availability in our schedule.
How long will my child’s dental fillings last?
Tooth-colored dental fillings last between 5-10 years on average, although it is not uncommon for them to last even longer than that. To help your child’s filling last for as long as possible, they should establish a great oral care routine to help prevent any decay from developing around the filling. Children who grind their teeth should also wear night guards to prevent their fillings or other restorations from being damaged.
How can I prevent my child from needing a dental filling?
Cavities are a common dental issue, and they cannot always be easily prevented. However, regular brushing and flossing is crucial for preventing tooth decay. Additional preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride treatments are excellent services that can go a long way in protecting your child’s smile. Should they still develop one or more cavities, our team will be happy to repair their teeth and restore their smile.