As you look in your child’s mouth, you see a brown spot that you never noticed before on one of your child’s teeth. You ask them to carefully brush their teeth again, but you find that the spot just won’t go away. Likely, you’ve noticed the very early stages of dental caries, commonly called tooth decay.
Believe it or not, children as young as 7 months old can start to experience tooth decay. When tooth decay occurs, a filling from Children’s Dentistry in Las Vegas can quickly and easily correct the damage caused by cavities.
Nearly Invisible Composite Fillings
When most parents think of fillings, they think of the silver fillings they may have received as a child. Composite fillings are much different than their silver counterparts and are a vastly superior choice.
Composite fillings for toddlers and children’s teeth in Las Vegas are made from a tooth-colored material so as to be nearly undetectable. The material bonds to the enamel to create hard insulation for the tooth to help prevent further damage.
An Alternative to Silver Fillings and Crowns
If your child already has prior silver fillings, we can replace them with composite fillings. Composite fillings tend to be longer-lasting than silver. Additionally, composite fillings tend to contract and pull the tooth together, whereas silver fillings tend to swell and push outward on the tooth. This can cause the tooth to break, requiring a crown to repair it.
Since younger children may be too uncooperative to have a crown put in, composite fillings can be a great alternative in younger children. They will protect the teeth until they are old enough for the crown procedure.
Although composite fillings at Children’s Dentistry can repair damage from tooth decay, the best treatment is prevention. Make sure you schedule an appointment for your child to receive a routine cleaning and exam every six months. By doing so, you’re more likely to keep tooth decay at bay and improve your child’s overall oral health.
Schedule Your Appointment
In the greater Las Vegas area, Children’s Dentistry is your best option when choosing a pediatric dentist for composite fillings. However, we offer a full range of pediatric dental treatments from any of our many locations and accept most dental insurance plans, including Medicaid. We offer safe, pain-free sedation dentistry for children so they can relax during their dental procedure. Our staff is also specially trained to handle the nuances of treating children with special needs, even if your child needs fillings at the dentist.
Contact our office today to discuss ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy and to set your child down the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles.