If dental issues are making waves, the team at Sea of Smiles is here to help with compassionate, restorative care. Cavities are a common childhood dental health issue, so we offer composite fillings and stainless steel crowns that will treat and protect your child’s smile from further damage. If your child’s teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, or your little one is complaining of a toothache, give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Cavities are one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. According to the CDC, at least 20% of children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated cavity. At Sea of Smiles, our dentists will gently remove decay, clean the affected area, and use a composite filling to protect the tooth’s structure and restore its form and function.
As pediatric dentists, we know that nothing is more important than your child’s health. At Sea of Smiles, our restorative treatments and gentle care will relieve your little one’s pain and discomfort and get them smiling again. We offer same-day appointments at all of our locations, and we will restore your child’s smile as soon as possible.
Dental fillings are used to fill and restore teeth that have been affected by cavities. In the filling process, the decayed tooth material is removed, and is replaced with an inert, strong material like metal-amalgam or dental composite.
This restores the tooth, and prevents further complications like a tooth infection, which may require a pulpotomy or a root canal, depending on the extent of the infection and whether your child has an infected baby tooth or permanent tooth.
In modern dentistry, there are two primary types of dental fillings. The first is metal-amalgam. This type of filling is made from a blend of a variety of metals, which usually includes copper, tin, silver, and mercury. The result is a very strong and durable metal that can be used to replace your enamel. However, this type of filling does not match the color of your child’s teeth.
That’s why we prefer composite fillings at Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. These fillings are made from a blend of dental resin and crushed glass, and offer superior cosmetic results, since the resin will match your child’s natural tooth color.
First, Dr. Mukund or Dr. Raj will gently clean and numb your child’s mouth to make sure they don’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. We can also offer sedation to ensure that your child feels completely safe and comfortable during treatment.
Then, the filling process will begin. Dr. Mukund or Dr. Raj will use a dental drill to remove decayed tooth material from your child’s tooth. Then, the tooth will be cleaned and sanitized to kill any remaining bacteria.
After this, your child’s tooth will be filled. Dr. Patel or Dr. Mukund will apply composite resin to your child’s tooth layer-by-layer, and harden each layer with a UV light. Once the overall shape of the filling is right, they will trim and refine it until it looks and feels completely natural. Then, your child’s bite will be checked, and final adjustments will be made to ensure the filling fits perfectly with the surrounding teeth. Finally, your child’s tooth will be polished and cleaned, completing the procedure.
Fillings can last up to 10-20 years with proper care, so they are a great option for restoring decayed teeth and protecting your child’s oral health in the future. We use the latest techniques, tools, and materials to provide your child with durable, long-lasting fillings.
You do not need to take any special precautions or steps to care for a filling. Your child should brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. That’s it.
Along with regular six-month visits to our doctors at Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, proper at-home oral care is all you need to keep your child’s filling strong, and to keep their tooth healthy.