Taking your child to the dentist can be a daunting task, but it’s important to ensure their teeth are healthy and strong. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, children get cavities due to poor dental hygiene or a sweet tooth. In such cases, our team at Harlandale pediatric dentistry may recommend a pediatric dental filling to fix the cavity and keep the tooth healthy.
A dental filling is like a tiny patch that the dentist puts on the tooth. The dentist will first clean out the cavity using a special tool, remove the decayed part of the tooth, and fill the hole with a special material that will keep the tooth strong and healthy. A composite filling can be color-matched to your child’s teeth. This can keep their teeth white and stop the discoloration from metal fillings.
As a parent, you might be concerned about your child’s comfort during the procedure. But don’t worry, the dentist will ensure that your child is comfortable and not in any pain. The dentist may provide a little bit of medicine to help your child relax or numb the tooth so they won’t feel anything during the procedure.
After the dental filling is done, your child’s tooth may feel a little different than before. It may feel a little rough or bumpy, but that’s normal. The filling will eventually smooth out over time as your child chews and bites with their tooth. They may also feel a little sensitive to hot or cold things for a few days, but that’s okay. Just ensure they avoid eating or drinking things that are too hot or too cold until the sensitivity goes away.
It’s essential to take care of your child’s teeth every day by ensuring they brush and floss regularly in addition to regular dental appointments. However, if your child does get a cavity, don’t be afraid of getting a pediatric dental filling. It’s a quick and easy way to keep their tooth healthy and strong. Just ensure you listen to the dentist’s instructions and take good care of your child’s teeth after the filling is done.
Still have questions? Contact our office in San Antonio to speak with one of our pediatric dental specialists.