Why Do Children Need Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are restorations placed in the tooth to repair damage caused by decay. They can be made from many different materials, but they all have one thing in common- they protect against further damage due to bacteria and maintain healthy teeth. These fillings are not affected by bacteria and can stay in place for many years.
It’s not uncommon for children to have dental fillings.
The reason why children tend to have more cavities than adults is that the enamel on children’s teeth is thinner and more susceptible to decay than on adult teeth.
When a cavity develops, it has to be treated right away. If left untreated, the bacteria causes decay to spread and infect the rest of the tooth as well as cause further problems. When a child gets a dental filling, it can prevent these complications from happening. Dental fillings, at most times, are painless and can be done without any discomfort.
Should Cavities In Primary Teeth Be Treated?
Children get primary teeth (commonly called “baby teeth”) at around 6 months of age. Their permanent teeth (or “adult teeth”) erupt after the primary teeth fall out. There is a common misconception that since primary teeth are temporary, dental problems with primary teeth are not a big concern. This couldn’t be more wrong.
Primary teeth will indeed fall out, but they are just as important as permanent teeth and require the same care. Here are a few reasons why it is necessary to get cavities in primary teeth treated as soon as possible:
Thus, for your child’s present and future health and well-being, get any tooth cavities and other dental problems treated as soon as possible.
What Are The Various Dental Filling Materials Used At Pandit Clinic?
There are many different types of dental fillings available for children today. At Pandit Clinic, kids dentist Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit uses the following filling materials for cavity treatment:
Depending on the type of crown used, the above-mentioned steps may slightly vary. Also, unlike dental crown procedures for adults that need several visits to the dentist, most crowns for children can be fitted in a single procedure.
Cavity Management Treatments At Pandit Clinic
Tips To Prevent Cavities And Tooth Decay
While there are effective ways to treat cavities formed in primary teeth, at Pandit Clinic we believe that prevention is always better than cure. There are many different ways that parents can help prevent their children from getting cavities. Some of the best tips are:
Regardless of what you think your child needs most when it comes to caring for his or her teeth, remember that regular visits with your dentist are the key to establishing healthy oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about how your child’s dental health could change over time or if there are some preventative measures you should take today, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit at Pandit Clinic.
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Meet the Doctor
Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry Specialist
Dr. Pratibha is the Chief Dentist at Pandit Clinic. She is also a Consultant Pediatric Dentist at Kotbagi Hospital and KEM Hospital, Pune.
Dr. Pratibha has trained at the prestigious Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, in advanced areas including Pediatric dental treatment under General Anesthesia and Intravenous sedation, Dental Rehabilitation of children with special health care needs, and Nasoalveolar molding and dental rehabilitation of cleft lip and cleft palate.
She’s the lifetime member of Student Clinician Association, American Dental Association (SCADA), USA.
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