When we see smiles in kids and adults with tooth decay, we want to provide treatment to prevent the onset of infection or even premature tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodntist looks at when to see a dentist for care, and how we place dental fillings that are strong and able to blend with the smile!
When Smiles of All Ages Need Fillings
Tooth decay forms when oral bacteria break down particles of sugar and starch left on and between the teeth by the foods and drinks we consume. This then leads to plaque buildup, a layer on the teeth that weakens the enamel and erodes it, so harmful bacteria then reach the inner dentin, where a cavity forms. The decay will spread if untreated and could mean the onset of infection or even the loss of your tooth. Which is why when a cavity forms and toothaches develop, people of all ages, from babies to seniors, need to have the decay treated with a filling.
Instead of using metal, we opt for a more lifelike option, and one that is safe for people of all ages. Composite resin is completely metal-free and never changes shape with time or temperature. The material can be color-matched to blend with the tooth, and is able to stay in place for years to come. The material is durable and lifelike, it can be used to repair minor damage and mask cosmetic issues too. If you or your little one experience tooth sensitivity or a toothache, then let us know right away. We will see if you benefit from filling placement.
Placement and Prevention
To place the restoration, we first make sure our patients are comfortable. We administer a local anesthetic to the area receiving treatment, and will also offer sedation for kids with special needs or high levels of anxiety. Once your child (or you) is comfortable, we will gently remove the decay and clean the tooth thoroughly. We may also etch the outer surfaces as well. We place the material onto the tooth and as it cures under a light, we sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish it for a more lifelike appearance. In one visit, we bring relief from discomfort and prevent the risk of infection or tooth loss. Remember, even baby teeth need treatment as the teeth could fall out naturally months or even years after the cavity forms, putting the whole smile at risk.
Talk to Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist
Our team wants to help kids of all ages, and adults too, find relief from tooth decay. To learn more about our restorative treatment options, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.