By the age of 17, 78% of children experience tooth decay, and about 7% of kids lose at least one tooth because of decay. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent tooth loss with the help of experienced pediatric dentist Tracy Law, DDS, at Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids in Visalia, California. Composite fillings restore your child’s tooth with a tooth-colored material that blends in with natural teeth. Call the Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids office today for help.
Composite fillings are the most popular type of filling for cavities at Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids. Composite filling material, a blend of plastic and finely ground glass, is the same color as natural teeth. The unique formulation of composite filling material allows it to bond to the tooth seamlessly.
Dr. Law starts by doing a clinical exam of your child's tooth, including X-rays, to see how damaged the tooth is. To prevent any discomfort, Dr. Law administers local anesthesia around the affected tooth. If your child is fearful or worried about dentist appointments, Dr. Law can administer nitrous oxide to aid in relaxation.
Once your child is relaxed and comfortable, Dr. Law removes the decayed part of the tooth or cavity using handheld dental instruments. With the decay gone, Dr. Law buffs the remaining tooth lightly to help the filling material adhere properly. Then he applies the composite filling material and shapes it to fit your child's tooth.
Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they don’t stand out against the tooth like amalgam (silver) or gold fillings do. Composite fillings can give your child a natural, bright smile without the silver or gold spots that reveal the former presence of tooth decay.
Composite fillings require less drilling than amalgam fillings, which means that Dr. Law removes less of your child’s natural tooth structure when placing composite fillings.
Although composite fillings are more expensive than amalgam fillings, even though insurance does usually cover part of the cost, the advantages make it well worth it. Plus, the newest composite filling materials boast excellent longevity, lasting nearly as long as amalgam fillings.
Although composite fillings are an excellent solution for tooth decay, it’s ideal if your child never needs fillings at all. To help your child stay tooth decay-free, it’s vital that you and your child work with Dr. Law and the Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids team to prevent cavities from ever happening.
Between professional preventive care, such as regular teeth cleanings and sealants, and excellent oral hygiene at home, your child can avoid cavities (and the fillings that go along with them).
For composite fillings that you can’t see at all, call Visalia Dentistry 4 Kids to make an appointment with Dr. Law.