When your children report a toothache, then this could potentially mean a dental cavity. Without treatment, this could lead to worsening pain and the onset of an infection. To treat the tooth, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist could offer a lifelike and safe composite resin dental filling.
Toothaches and Tooth Decay
Children with an untreated cavity could encounter tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking, or a toothache that doesn’t pass, but grows more severe with time. When your children report aching teeth, then let us know right away. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria is no longer held at bay by tooth enamel, but instead reaches the sensitive inner tissues. This could happen due to poor oral hygiene, which creates plaque buildup and weakens outer enamel. An injury to the tooth could be responsible too. To prevent infection, your child could benefit from a dental filling.
Treatment with a Dental Filling
Our team will make sure your kids feel relaxed and comfortable, and we have experience working with kids even if they have dental anxiety. With digital x-rays, we can comfortably obtain detailed images of the tooth to identify the position of the decay and assess the severity. If a dental filling is needed, then we will numb the tooth and then remove the decay from it. We then clean the tooth and may etch the outer surface before applying the filling material. Instead of metal, we can use a composite resin that is safe for kids of all ages, and can be color matched to blend with your smile. We then shape the tooth as we cure the composite resin underneath a light. The last step is to polish the tooth thoroughly for a brighter appearance!
Care at Home
In one visit, we can help treat tooth decay and bring relief to your child’s smile. but you can also help your kids avoid tooth decay and reduce the need for a dental filling. Children need to brush when they wake up and then again before going to bed, using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste each time. Each session should take about two minutes. Kids also need to floss every evening, and limiting their access to sugar and starch can help fight cavities too. Finally, be sure they see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning too!
If you have any questions, or want to schedule a visit for your little one, then contact our team today.
Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist Treats Tooth Decay
Our team wants to help kids enjoy optimal oral health during childhood! To learn more about treating cavities in little smiles, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.