Pediatric dental fillings are a common treatment for cavities in children's teeth. The filling is a material used to repair the tooth that has been damaged due to decay. At Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we use a tooth-colored composite material to match the natural color of your child's teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing result.
Children aged 5 to 19 years from low-income families are 25% more likely to suffer from tooth decay or caries.
Ashburn pediatric dentist Dr. Jonathon Konz will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth to be filled, ensuring your child is comfortable throughout the procedure.
Once the area is numb, Dr. Jonathon Konz will remove the decayed part of the tooth using a special dental instrument.
Finally, Dr. Jonathon Konz will fill the cavity with the composite material and shape it to fit the contours of your child's tooth. The filling will then be cured with a special light, hardening it to ensure it stays in place.
At Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Ashburn, we understand that children may be anxious about receiving a dental filling. To help your child prepare for the procedure, we recommend talking and reassuring them that there is nothing to be afraid of. We also encourage parents to bring a favorite toy or comfort item to the appointment to help their child feel more at ease.
dental fillings are safe and among the most recommended solutions in pediatric dentistry.
After the filling procedure, your child may experience some sensitivity or discomfort in the treated tooth for a few days. However, this is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. If the pain persists or worsens, contact Dr. Jonathon Konz for further assistance.
The lifespan of a dental filling can vary depending on the type of filling material used and the child's oral hygiene habits. However, with proper care and routine check-ups, a composite resin filling can last for several years.
If your child complains of tooth pain, sensitivity when eating or drinking, or visible discoloration or pits in the teeth, they may have a cavity. Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathon Konz for an evaluation and treatment plan.
Depending on when the permanent tooth is due to erupt, your child may have to wear a space maintainer for a few years.