You may feel like you’ve failed when the dentist tells you your child has cavities. But cavities are common, affecting 42% of children in the United States. The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental in Valencia, California, understand this and provide white fillings for both front and back teeth that look like natural teeth. If you’re concerned your child might have cavities and want to discuss filling options, call or book an appointment online.
White fillings, also known as composites, aren’t really white. They are made from glass powders and acrylic acid, and when used to fill cavities, the fillings reflect the color of your child’s teeth.
Unlike amalgam fillings, which are the silver colored, white fillings blend in with your child’s teeth and are usable on both front and back teeth.
Dentists have been using white fillings for years. Most people prefer them aesthetically, so the Santa Clarita Children’s dentists use them more often than amalgam fillings.
White fillings are durable and can withstand the stress of eating, but they don’t last as long as silver or gold fillings and may require replacing sooner. However, replacing white fillings may not be an issue for your child’s baby teeth, as they are secure for several years.
Additionally, white fillings have the bonus of forming a tight bond on the tooth being filled, which helps prevent further decay of the tooth.
After the dentist identifies a cavity in your child’s mouth, you set an appointment for a filling for another day.
At the filling appointment, the dentist first administers a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the dentist removes the decayed area on the tooth and fills it with the white composite.
When filling, the dentist has to keep the tooth clean and dry, which may increase the amount of time your child is in the dentist’s chair. A UV light is used to help the filling dry faster.
After filling, your child may not be able to eat or drink for a portion of the day due to the numbing agents used and to ensure that the cavity has time to set.
Other than not allowing them to eat immediately following the filling, there’s nothing special you need to do after your child’s tooth is filled. However, the dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental recommend that you take extra measures to help prevent additional cavities from forming.
Tips for preventing future cavities include:
Call the office or book an appointment online if you’re concerned that your child might have cavities.