Bacteria is the main culprit of tooth decay. If your child has higher than average cavity-forming bacteria, they’ll be at a higher risk for developing decay. However, bacteria aren’t the only problem. It’s also important to focus on what’s feeding the bacteria — namely, carbohydrates.
Harmful bacteria feed on sugars and starches in the mouth, creating digestive acids that damage the outer tooth enamel. Over time, harmful bacteria damage teeth and create cavities.
Patients with cavities will require fillings to preserve the enamel and prevent future damage to teeth. At Children’s Dental Specialties, we provide pediatric dental fillings as a pediatric dentistry service for young patients in Worcester, MA.
Signs of Dental Cavities
Common signs of dental cavities can include:
- Visible holes or pits in teeth
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Bad breath
- Brown or white spots on teeth
- Tooth pain and discomfort
If you notice any of these signs in your child, please contact our office for an appointment. We will examine their smile and may recommend a pediatric root canal or filling if we find signs of tooth damage.
Pediatric Dental Fillings in Worcester, MA
We will start the dental filling process by administering any necessary anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Once your child is numb, we’ll use a variety of methods to remove the decay, which can include hand instruments, a handpiece, or in some cases, a dental laser. Your child will not feel any pain during treatment due to anesthesia or lasers used throughout the process.
After we remove the decay, we condition the tooth. Then, we apply an adhesive, followed up by the soft, composite resin (tooth-colored plastic) filling material. We will place the material into the tooth and shape it. After that, we cure and harden the resin with a blue light. At the end of the appointment, we will check your child’s bite and make any necessary adjustments.
Request a Dental Appointment
Have you noticed changes in your child’s smile? Do you think your child has a cavity? Call our office for a cavity filling at (508) 625-5534. You can also feel free to schedule a dental visit online. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns; we’re here to help.