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Establishing a healthy oral care routine will benefit your child’s dental health for the rest of their life. One of the most common dental procedures, a dental filling, can stop tooth decay in its tracks and restore the tooth’s biting surface. Find out more about how a dental filling works and how it can benefit your child with Dr. Roy Delappe, Dr. James Jensen, and Dr. Sara Hakim at Kid Dental with locations in Reno, NV and Sparks, NV.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is one of the most common dental procedures. This treatment removes tooth decay from a tooth and fills the hole left behind. The filling material is most often made from a tooth-colored composite resin. The filling, once in place, restores both the tooth and its biting surface. The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes and requires the help of a local anesthetic to numb the area of the treatment.
Does my child need a dental filling?
A dental filling treats a cavity. In some cases, you may notice a cavity on your child’s tooth as a hole or darkened area of the tooth’s normally white enamel. Sometimes, cavities are not so obvious. The best way to determine if your child needs a dental filling is with regular dental examinations and professional cleanings, which the American Dental Association recommends having at least twice a year.
Preventing Cavities in Reno, NV
Children and adults alike should avoid sugary food and drinks like candy and cola. The carbohydrates in the sugars feed the bacteria found naturally on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria grows into a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque can be removed from the teeth with regular brushing and flossing. However, if plaque remains on the teeth, it hardens into a substance called tartar, which begins eating through the tooth’s enamel to create a cavity.
For more information on dental fillings, please contact Dr. Roy Delappe, Dr. James Jensen, and Dr. Sara Hakim at Kid Dental with locations in Reno, NV and Sparks, NV. Call (775) 825-5005 to schedule an appointment in Reno and (775) 470-5070 to schedule an appointment in Sparks today!
Find out how your dentist can restore cavityriddled teeth.
You may feel defeated when your regular dental checkup reveals a cavity, but this is a common problem that befalls many of us at some point in our lives. The most important step you can take is to have the cavity removed before it causes serious trouble for your smile. Depending on how severe the decay is, your dentist will most likely recommend either dental fillings or dental crowns to mend your tooth.
If a cavity is left untreated, it can cause more than just a toothache, with issues up to and including eventual bone loss. A dental filling, however, is a painless way to prevent further damage and to restore your smile. A dental filling is usually made from a toothcolored composite resin or metal amalgam material, which fills the space left behind by the cavity once it is removed to restore it.
Getting a dental filling typically requires a local anesthesia to numb the area. We will then use a drill to remove the decayed parts of the tooth. Once the cavity is removed, we will begin to fill the open space with the filling. After the filling is placed, we will clean and polish it.
If your tooth has suffered extensive damage due to decay, then filling it might not be enough. In this case, a dental crown will be custommade to fit over the entire tooth to protect it from further damage. A dental crown is a toothshaped cap that is cemented over your natural tooth.This procedure is also performed under local anesthesia, and after removing the decayed portions of the tooth, we will affix the crown to it.
Cavities can happen to anyone. The best way to find out whether you are dealing with cavities is to come in for routine dental examinations. You should be visiting your dentist every six months for preventive care.
The sooner we can treat your cavity, the better. If you suspect a growing cavity in your tooth, contact your dentist for an appointment today!