At Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry we offer fillings and restoration services for teeth that have small cavities and can be removed before any serious procedures are needed.
What are tooth fillings?
Fillings are the method that dentists and pediatric dentists use to combat tooth decay and cavities. By removing a diseased portion of a tooth, a pediatric dentist is then able to restore the tooth to its original shape and function by “filling” the tooth.
A tooth filling also helps a tooth combat future attempts at bacteria to create cavities. By filling in the gaps, bacteria will be unable to return back to the recently decayed areas and won’t be susceptible to further exposure to cavities.
White Fillings or Composite Resins
At Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry we use white fillings, otherwise known as composite resins. The advantage of this type of fillings is the aesthetics of the fillings. Rather than gold or silver fillings, white fillings are exactly what they sound like, they match the color of your tooth. This makes the filling not noticeable and provides a cleaner look for teeth.
These composite resins are made of a mix of different materials including plastic, glass and ceramic compounds.
White fillings are perfect for fixing small to medium sized cavities that are afflicting your teeth. These white fillings can be used both on the front of your teeth and the back. White fillings also are quick and easy to place. They harden in seconds, rather than needing a few days like other types of fillings.
The cons of white fillings are that they do not last as long as other fillings, however this is actually beneficial to primary teeth. Composite resins can lost from 3 to 10 years, which may not seem like a long time, however when discussing primary teeth, these will fall out to be replaced by primary teeth.
Therefore, white fillings offer both the aesthetic advantage, but also stay functional the perfect amount of time for baby teeth.
What is the process of getting a filling?
Fillings are a very simple procedure and can be broken down into five steps:
- Local Anesthesia: Before the actual procedure of a filling is placed, the pediatric dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth.
- Removal of Tooth Decay: Once the anesthesia has set in, the pediatric dentist will go ahead and remove the cavity, by eliminating the decayed areas of the tooth. Once the area has been removed of tooth decay, the pediatric dentist will also prepare the placement of the filling.
- Etching: The tooth is then prepared for its filling. The tooth will be etched with acid gel which will help keep the filling on the tooth.
- Applying the Filling: After etching, the pediatric dentist will then apply the white filling and let it harden. Like mentioned before, this will only take a matter of seconds.
- Polishing: Once the filling has been placed and hardens, the dentist will then polish the tooth and filling together to make sure the tooth is clean and visually looks good.
For many children, when they get their first filling there can be a little bit of jitters. That’s understandable. Dr. Nanna and our staff will walk through the procedure in child friendly words. They’ll do a walkthrough of the tools they’ll use to fill the cavities.
Many children once they know what to expect and develop a trust with Dr. Nanna, often become much more relaxed and have a breeze during the procedure!