Any parent knows that baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, will eventually fall out, to be replaced by permanent teeth. For this reason, we often have adults ask if treating cavities in children is really necessary. Do kids need dental fillings?
Tooth Decay in Children
Just like adults, children can develop cavities due to poor oral hygiene or consuming too many foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches. Injury to the tooth, which can cause chips or fractures, can also lead to the onset tooth decay. Children may report tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or a persistent toothache, as discomfort is often an indicator of the presence of decay.
The Dangers of Avoiding Treatment
Should we discover the presence of decay, we will recommend a dental filling. Without treatment, the decay will continue to grow and spread, allowing the pain to grow worse and eventually, for an infection to form. The infection may require more extensive treatment, such as a root canal. Eventually, untreated decay can lead to the premature loss of the tooth. Losing a baby tooth too soon can impact how the permanent teeth erupt, leading to a greater risk of misalignment later in life.
The fillings we use are often made from composite resin. A metal-free material, composite resin can be shaded to better match the tooth and blend with the smile. The child is then protected from infection and further complications. You can also take steps to help avoid the onset of cavities, such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once every night. Children should also have their teeth cleaned and examined every six months, during which we can uncover the presence of cavities in the earliest stages. If you have any questions about treating cavities or avoiding term, then please contact our office today. We want to help your little one enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Does Your Child Have an Aching Tooth?
We can pinpoint the cause of your child’s discomfort and recommend the most appropriate treatment options. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.