Baby teeth serve the important function of eating, speech, and esthetics (self-image). These teeth not only help form the developing jaws, but they hold space for the permanent teeth so that a normal bite occurs. The last baby tooth falls out at about twelve years of age. A decayed baby tooth can become so badly decayed that it can do damage to the permanent tooth. At times severe infections of the face, head, and neck can be caused by infected baby teeth.
Teeth with dental decay can be restored with tooth colored fillings. If the decay is extensive it will require the restoration with a crown.
Tooth Colored FillingsIn the past; cavities could only be treated with amalgam fillings that are alloys of silver and mercury. Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to tooth colored or composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative.
Composite fillings utilize a soft white plastic resin substance that is hardened with a blue light.
You can help us make this next visit a successful and positive experience for your child, by working with us to accomplish this goal. While talking to your child about this visit use positive words like fun, easy, tooth asleep, silver star, water spray etc. Avoid negative words like pain, hurt, needle, shot, tooth pulled etc.
The entire procedure will be explained to your child and you before the procedure is performed. Pediatric dentists are trained to deliver the local anesthetic painlessly. However, we do offer nitrous oxide if the dentist sees the need for it. Once the procedure is completed a cotton roll referred to as tooth pillow is placed between the teeth to prevent your child from accidently biting into the numb cheek and lip. When the anesthesia is wearing off your child will feel a tingling sensation which may be annoying to some children. Reaffirm to your child that the tooth is waking up.
After treatment is completed you can help us to continue the positive experience by praising your child and referring to the “fun” time they had. Please avoid negative comments such as: Did it hurt? Did you get a shot? Were you afraid? These comments could persuade your child in thinking there was a reason to be afraid, even though they were cooperative, had a good time, and may make their future visits more difficult.