shirley dental fillings

When children develop a cavity, treatment is necessary to avoid worsening toothaches or even the onset of a painful dental infection. To treat the cavity in one visit with lifelike results, we can place a dental filling. In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist talks about how these restorations treat a child’s smile.

When a Restoration is Necessary

When your little one complains about an aching tooth, or sensitivity when he or she eats, please let us know right away. This could mean an advanced case of decay that needs immediate treatment to avoid the onset of an infection, which could threaten smile stability. If your little one attends six-month checkup and cleaning visits, we can likely identify the presence of a cavity before discomfort occurs! Treatment helps stop pain and saves the tooth, all in one visit.

Treating Tooth Decay

How do we treat a cavity? First, we take digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to assess the cause, position, and extent of the cavity. We then numb the tooth so your child is comfortable as we remove the decay and then clean the tooth thoroughly. We may etch the outer surface as well. We then apply the composite resin material to the tooth, which is metal free and safe for all ages. The material is shaped as we cure it under a light. We will shade it to blend with the tooth seamlessly! Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. In only one visit we can offer a healthier smile and prevent major complications from developing.

Tips for Preventing Cavities

What can be done to prevent cavities? At our office, we can use a topical fluoride gel to strengthen the outer enamel and prevent future cavities. We also have dental sealants, which coat the rear teeth and stay in place for up to ten years, protecting the most vulnerable portions of the smile from cavities. At home, you can help by making sure your kids brush twice a day and floss every evening, and also making sure they don’t consume too many foods and drinks high in sugar.

If you have any questions about howe treat tooth decay with a filling and bring relief for little smiles, then contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help children of all ages enjoy their strongest and healthiest smiles!

Time for a Visit With Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist

We would like to help children enjoy good oral health and avoid the painful symptoms of a cavity. To learn more about our approach to treating cavities in little smiles with our lifelike and durable dental restorations, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.