How a Kids Dentist Treats Cavities | Tucson, AZ

How a Kids Dentist Treats Cavities

Cavities are not uncommon, but they can be prevented with proper dental care. If your child has a cavity and needs a filling, our dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry review all of the information that you need and options that are available.

Preventative Resin

In situations where a cavity has only eaten through the surface of a tooth, a preventative resin is the best option. Once the decay is removed, it is then filled with a plastic resin that is the same color as the tooth. This resin acts as a sealant, which prevents the cavity from reforming and protects the rest of the tooth.

White Fillings

When cavities form on the front teeth, tooth-colored fillings are normally used. Your kids dentist uses these composite fillings because they are completely natural looking and keep the tooth functioning properly. The only problem is that composite resin is only useful in small areas. If the child has a large cavity on the back of the tooth, a different type of filling is recommended.

Silver Fillings

Large cavities require the silver colored fillings that have been around for decades. These fillings, called amalgams, are extremely durable. Dentists tend to go with these fillings in areas that are not easily visible.

The Dentist’s Role

Once cavities form, it is a good idea to get your child in to see a dentist right away. The sooner the dentist can fill the cavity, the less traumatic it will be for the child. However, visiting the dentist regularly, before a cavity occurs, is an important way to avoid decay. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at 520-325-4746 to set up your child’s appointment.

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