Fillings

Does Your Child Need Fillings?

Just like adult teeth, baby teeth are susceptible to having cavities. If this is the case, your dentist will more than likely apply a filling in the affected area. This is because, if the cavity is left alone, it will grow and affect not only the health of that tooth but the teeth around it, which could possibly damage the permanent teeth growing under the surface. To prevent this, the dentist will drill the decay away from the infected tooth and fill it, promoting a healthier smile for your child.

What Are Fillings?

There are two types of fillings. The first one is a metal filling and the other is made up of a white composite. There is one more type of filling that is made up of gold or ceramic, but it is rarely used to fill in baby teeth, especially since they are meant to eventually fall out. Once the dentist drills away the decay and fills it in, the tooth will be able to properly grow. Fillings are not a permanent fix. Decay can recur, even at the site of the filling. It is important to remember that even after the filling, your child should still practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing.

If your child has a cavity, it is important to fix the problem as soon as possible to prevent any damage to the growing teeth. If you live in the Reno, NV area, our team would be happy to assist you in scheduling an appointment.

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