The Benefits Of Pediatric Fillings
Have you ever wondered why it’s necessary to get a filling in a child’s primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, if they are going to fall out anyway? Some parents have this thought, and it’s important that you know that taking care of their primary teeth is just as important as protecting their permanent ones.
Cavities or tooth decay at an early stage in children or infants can not only be a sign of bad oral health, but also other issues like a poor diet or genetic factors. If left untreated, they can have a negative impact on the development and health of surrounding primary teeth and the permanent teeth growing below.
When Does Your Child Need A Dental Filling?
In pediatric dentistry, fillings are commonly applied when we detect tooth decay or a cavity. If dental trauma has occurred and it has caused a crack in the tooth, a filling is also necessary. Other instances in which they are needed include incorrect shape or dental development or chipped teeth.
Technology Comes To Aid
Modern technology has made treating cavities in young children easier than ever before. There are better materials and tools to apply durable fillings in a way that’s faster, much more effective, and painless.
Alternatives worth mentioning include:
- Digital X-rays: The benefits of digital X-ray imaging in children are many. Not only does it reduce radiation exposure, but it also allows a more detailed view of a patient’s oral structure. This allows us to identify abnormalities, cavities, and other issues that require restoration at an early stage. Digital X-rays are faster and easier to take in pediatric patients as well.
- Non-toxic materials: The use of new materials in pediatric dentistry is a revolution in the way dentists take care of the primary teeth of children. The innovations in the materials used nowadays not only focus on making it more aesthetic looking, but also biocompatible and free of mercury and other toxic components.
Prevention is key during childhood, since it’s the most important stage to determine a child’s oral health and set the foundation for proper growth and development of dental structures. If you have questions about your child’s dental health, please feel free to call our Frisco office.