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!