Here at Tooth + Tusk Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we are proud to offer fillings to our patients. Our team is passionate about preventive dentistry, but sometimes cavities happen. In these cases, our compassionate dental hygienists and providers will help determine the extent of the cavity and work with you as the parent to find a treatment. Frequently, the dentist will recommend a pediatric dental filling.
What are Fillings?
Dental fillings are used to treat different dental problems like cavities and, in some cases, broken teeth. During your child’s routine dental exam and cleaning, updated x-rays will be taken. Along with an exam, the x-rays are used to determine if your child has any cavities or tooth decay. If one, or more than one, is found the dentist may recommend treatment. In most mild to moderate cases, fillings are an excellent option. For severe cavities, the dentist may recommend additional treatment or a dental crown.
What to Expect
Getting a filling is really pretty simple, and in many cases, the appointment is usually less than one hour. After the initial numbing (with a local anesthetic) of the area, the tooth or teeth are drilled out to remove any decay or infection. Then, the teeth are filled with a material called composite resin, which is designed to look like natural teeth. Fillings can also be done with gold, porcelain, or silver amalgam (the most popular option for pediatric patients).
While getting a filling can be uncomfortable, your child should not feel much pain. After the filling is complete, the tooth will be smoothed and polished. The dentist will answer any of your additional questions and our dental assistant will provide you with any aftercare instructions you may need.
For Anxious Patients
If your child needs a filling, they may be anxious. This is normal! To begin their appointment, our caring team will answer any questions you or your child has about the procedure. While getting a filling can seem scary, there are many options available to help keep your child relaxed. For patients that are extra nervous, our in-house board-certified Anesthesiologist can provide pediatric sedation options.
Comfortable Pediatric Fillings in Beaverton, OR
Many cavities are found during your child’s regular dental visits, but sometimes – a sudden toothache may be a sign of a cavity! We consider any kind of sudden and severe dental pain a dental emergency. If your child is complaining of tooth pain, has increased tooth and gum sensitivity, or has a fever with any dental discomfort – please call us right away at (503) 614-1177. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.