Pediatric Teeth Fillings for Children
Cavities form when bacteria that are naturally present in the mouth feed off food particles that remain after sugary snacks and starchy foods are eaten. The thriving bacteria produce acidic waste that coats the teeth with a layer of sticky plaque. If not promptly removed, the plaque can create a tiny hole (cavity) in a tooth’s hard outer coating (enamel). If a cavity is not promptly treated with a tooth filling, it can grow larger and damage other areas of the tooth and mouth.
Cavities are common in children. That’s why the pediatric dentist at Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Succasunna, New Jersey, recommends brushing and flossing twice daily and keeping sweets to a minimum. But as a parent, you might be surprised if we told you that your child needs a tooth filling to treat a cavity in a baby tooth. After all, the tooth will soon fall out and be replaced by an adult tooth anyway, right? While that is true, a cavity in a temporary tooth should be taken just as seriously as a cavity in a permanent tooth.
The Importance of Filling Cavities in Baby Teeth
Baby teeth are thinner than adult teeth, and an untreated cavity can quickly progress into a painful infection, which may require more extensive treatment than a tooth filling, such as a pulpotomy (root canal) and crown. The infection can also spread to nearby teeth.
Other consequences of not filling cavities in baby teeth can include:
- Poor nutrition – A cavity can cause pain, which can make a child avoid eating. What’s more, some nutrient-rich foods, such as apples, carrots, and celery, are naturally hard and particularly difficult to chew with a cavity.
- Speech impediments – A baby tooth with an untreated cavity may need to be extracted or simply fall out. A missing tooth can affect a child’s ability to speak properly and have lasting effects on their confidence in public speaking and communicating with others.
- Poor self-esteem – A child may avoid smiling due to a damaged, discolored, or missing tooth, resulting in a lack of confidence that can negatively affect their self-image and social life.
Finally, baby teeth help guide the development and positioning of adult teeth, so it’s important to keep them healthy to reduce the need for braces or other orthodontic treatments later.
Our Gentle, Compassionate Approach to Cavity Filling
If our pediatric dentist recommends a tooth filling for your child, you can feel confident that they are in good hands at Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. Our experienced team is specially trained to meet the unique dental needs of children, and we offer all types of fillings.
To schedule your child’s complimentary consultation at our state-of-the-art office in Succasunna, NJ, call Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry today at 862.305.4930 or click here. We would be honored to help your child achieve and maintain a brilliant smile.