In our last blog, we explained how preventive care could help kids avoid issues like tooth decay. But what happens when a cavity forms? What treatments do we offer little smiles, and do baby teeth destined to fall out really need treatment? In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist will offer answers!
Warning Signs of Tooth Decay
How do you know if your child had a cavity? Well, if he or she attends checkups every six months, then our team will watch for the earliest signs of demineralization, discussing treatment before your little one experiences discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know until your child reports sensitivity when eating or drinking, or a toothache. Once the tooth hurts, the decay has reached a more advanced stage and treatment is crucial to avoid the onset of issues like infection or premature tooth loss.
A Lifelike Filling
Our team will first examine the source of the ache with advanced imaging technology. We will then be able to identify the cavity and assess the severity. In many cases, a filling made from biocompatible and metal-free composite resin will be recommended. The material is safe for people of all ages, and can be color-matched to blend with the tooth and look natural. We remove any and all decay, clean the tooth, and may etch the surface slightly. We then apply the material and mold it as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The process only takes one visit, looks natural, and helps prevent the spread of decay and infection in your child’s smile! We also know how to take steps to ensure your little one feels welcome and comfortable throughout the entire process.
Don’t Let Baby Teeth Become Lost Too Soon
What happens without treatment? The discomfort will worsen as the tooth becomes infected. At this stage, the tooth could require extraction to prevent the spread of infection, or could fall out. The baby teeth need to fall out on a specific schedule, as they also help guide the permanent teeth into proper position. Losing one early is a recipe for misalignment, and uneven teeth could require orthodontic treatment in the teen years, or even the use of teeth spacers and retainers in childhood.
If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dental care, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
We want to make sure kids of all ages receive quality treatment for minor or advanced cases of tooth decay. To learn more about treating cavities in little smiles, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.