Dental Fillings

Did you know that tooth decay (more commonly known as cavities) is the #1 chronic childhood illness? According to a study done by the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, an estimated 16 million children in the United States alone have untreated tooth decay. Fortunately, cavities in children are completely treatable. Your local pediatric dentist at Children’s Dentistry of DuPont, Dr. Tracy Takenaka, can treat cavities with one of several types of fillings offered at our DuPont office. 

Cavity.


What is a Filling?

A filling is a way of restoring a damaged tooth after a cavity has caused it to decay. When your child receives a filling, our pediatric dentist first removes the decay from the tooth then coats the area with a filling material. This protects the tooth by sealing off the area where bacteria can enter, thus preventing more damage and decay. If left untreated, bacteria will continue to decay the tooth down to the nerve inside, leaving a root canal as the only viable treatment option. So fillings are a great, painless alternative to prevent a decay issue from escalating to this point.


Types of Fillings

Here at Children’s Dentistry of DuPont, we offer several types of metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings. Not every filling is right for every patient; every person’s treatment depends on several factors, including:

  • The extent of repair required
  • Whether or not the patient has allergies to certain materials
  • And where the filling is needed

Our DuPont office utilizes the following types of fillings:


Metal Filling.

Metal Fillings

Amalgam fillings are a durable and very affordable option for most patients, but they’re also more noticeable due to their dark coloring. These classic “silver” fillings are made of a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. While the mercury in this alloy makes some people nervous, there is no need for health concerns, as it is perfectly safe in this situation.


Tooth-Colored Filling.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite fillings (or composite resins) are made to match the exact color of your teeth. As a result, they are a popular choice for patients who prefer that their fillings look as natural as possible. Composite fillings are made of a mixture of plastic and glass and last almost as long as traditional amalgam fillings.

Glass ionomer fillings are made of a combination of acrylic and glass powders to create a translucent material that blends in well with your teeth’s natural color. They also release small amounts of fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. Glass ionomer fillings are one of the less expensive options, but they aren’t as durable or long-lasting as other filling materials.


What to Expect When Getting a Filling

Our staff will discuss which of the filling materials listed above is best suited for your child, then walk both of you through the filling procedure ahead of time so that you know exactly what to expect. During the actual treatment, Dr. Takenaka will explain every step along the way so that you and your child are always aware of what is happening.

To begin the process, Dr. Takenaka will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent any discomfort during the treatment. If injections are a source of anxiety for your child, please let us know so that we can use nitrous oxide or another sedation method to calm his or her nerves. Dr. Takenaka will then remove the decay and clean the affected area of any bacteria or infection. Finally, she will clean the area of all debris and fill the cavity with the predetermined filling material you’ve decided on.

Protect Your Child’s Teeth Today

Cavities in children are very common and easily treatable by a pediatric dentist. However, if left undetected, tooth decay can lead to bigger dental problems, so it is important to schedule routine checkups with our DuPont office. If it’s time for a checkup, or you think your child may have a cavity, don’t wait! Book an appointment online or contact our children’s dentistry practice today. We can help make your child’s most recent cavity their last!


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