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05Feb2013

What You Should Know About Your Child’s Dental Fillings


SOMETIMES, DESPITE OUR BEST efforts, cavities happen. And if they do, there are some things you should know about how we treat your child’s teeth.

It’s Just A Baby Tooth—Does It Need A Filling?

Baby teeth may not seem like they’re around long, but they’re very important for your child’s oral health and development. If tooth decay is allowed to spread, it can cause severe tooth pain for your child. And while a lost tooth at the right time is something to celebrate, prematurely lost baby teeth can cause big problems in your kid’s bite and teeth alignment.

We take care of baby teeth with fillings and other restorative work in order to prevent bigger procedures down the road.

It’s Important To Keep A Watchful Eye On Fillings And Other Dental Restorations

Once a filling (or other restoration) is placed, it’s really important to keep an eye on it. That’s a big part of your child’s regular checkups. Here’s why:

  1. Decay can sneak in around fillings, crowns, and other restorative dental work.
  2. Sometimes, restorative work gives plaque additional nooks and crannies to hide in.
  3. Checking for unusual wear, cracks, and chips can save much bigger problems later including more serious problems like gum disease and tooth loss.

How Long Should A Filling Last? 

The lifespan of a filling can vary greatly. It can depend on one or several of the following factors:

  • The material used to create the filling. Amalgam, composite, gold?
  • Where the filling is situated in the mouth. Is it under frequent pressure?
  • How the filling is cared for. Consistent, thorough brushing and flossing?

Fillings are also more at risk in those who grind their teeth, and people who have a tendency to eat sticky or really hard foods.

“An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure”

When fillings and other dental work in permanent teeth get older and worn, they can be more prone to cracks (or even falling out). Regular appointments allow us to catch problems before they become emergencies.

Next time you visit, ask us about our options for fillings, and how long you can expect your child’s fillings to last. If you have concerns or questions BEFORE your next appointment, please comment below or on our Facebook page and we will get right back to you.

We hope this information has been helpful to you.

We can’t express it often enough… Thank you for being our valued patients and friends! We appreciate you.

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