Tooth decay can happen, and if it’s left untreated, it can worsen and cause pain. Luckily, a quick and easy solution to minor decay exists! Fillings are a simple way to repair minor tooth decay and prevent further deterioration and more costly treatments. They can be made of metal or tooth-colored resin, for a more natural finish.
What is a filling and what is it used for?
Fillings are made of a soft, malleable material and typically repair small amounts of decay in teeth called cavities. Cavities are often found on the surface of the teeth or between the molars. Cavities happen when food becomes trapped and is not removed by brushing or flossing. The food decays as time goes on, and then causes the tooth itself to decay. Fortunately, fillings are an easy way to fill the hole left from the decay. They stop the decay from causing further damage and will also put an end to the “toothache.” Dr. Pagé considers the location and severity of a cavity in order to determine which material she will use for the filling.
What materials are used in fillings?
Dental fillings can be made from a variety of materials. Some fillings are made of metal, so your child can see them in your mouth when they open wide and look in the mirror. Others, however, are tooth-colored, which is exactly what it sounds like. This type of filling is comprised of a malleable resin that will blend right in with the color of your child’s natural teeth. They are undetectable and will provide a more natural look while they solve the tooth decay.
What happens when my child gets a filling?
To begin the dental filling process, Dr. Pagé will numb your child’s mouth before the procedure starts so they will not feel any pain. Then, she will remove the decayed part of the tooth, leaving a small, clean-edged area in the tooth. We do this so the decay won’t continue to spread deeper into the tooth. Finally, Dr. Pagé will fill the area with the filling material of your choice, and will shape it to the natural tooth. If the filling is made of the tooth colored resin, Dr. Pagé will use a blue light to help the resin harden before your child leaves for the day. Once the filling is placed and hardened, Dr. Pagé will check your child’s bite to make sure the filling is correctly shaped. After this, you’re set and ready to go! Following the procedure, your child won’t be able to eat or drink for a couple hours to give the filling a bit of time to settle in your child’s mouth. The last thing you want is to go through the process of getting a filling placed in your child’s mouth and then see the filling stuck in a piece of sticky candy!