Dental fillings are needed to restore tooth structure that was lost due to dental decay.
After the dentist numbs the area with a local anesthetic, the decay is removed with a gentle dental drill. Next, a tooth-colored composite resin filling is used to fill in the cavity. The surface is smoothed and the tooth is polished, leaving a strong, healthy tooth once again.
What’s right for your child?
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations, including:
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
Before your child’s treatment begins, your doctor will discuss all options and help you choose the best filling for your child’s particular case.