Your child’s treatment will begin with a teeth cleaning to prepare for the procedure. Then, their mouth will be numbed. We also offer sedation options for children, such as nitrous oxide, so that your child can feel safe and comfortable during their procedure.
Next, Dr. Raj or Dr. Mukund Patel will begin by removing decayed and damaged enamel from their tooth, in order to prepare for the placement of the filling. Once this material has been removed, the area will be cleaned and disinfected.
After this, our team will start rebuilding your child’s tooth. Dr. Raj or Dr. Mukund Patel will choose a composite dental resin that matches their smile perfectly, and apply it to the tooth layer-by-layer.
Once the structure of the tooth has been rebuilt, the filling will be trimmed, buffed and polished. Then, your child’s bite will be checked, and Dr. Raj or Dr. Mukund will make any final required adjustments.
While it can seem unfair, some kids are more cavity-prone than others due to a hereditary predisposition for oral health problems. If your child is vigilant in practicing good oral hygiene and attending regular dental visits, it will be easier to prevent cavities.
Cavities are holes that form in the teeth as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth that feed off of sugar to produce acids. These acids attack your enamel and cause enamel erosion, which eventually leads to cavities. The following behaviors can increase your child’s risk for developing cavities:
- Eating a highly acidic, starchy, or sugary diet
- Coming into contact with others’ saliva
- Improper oral hygiene
- Inadequate fluoride use
- Using baby bottles at night
- Thumb sucking
- Using pacifiers past 2 years old
- Mouth breathing