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More than half the children over age six have some degree of tooth decay. When cavities are left untreated, they can lead to pain, infection and even tooth loss. Fortunately, we can fill cavities to prevent them from worsening or causing complications. Modern dentistry has made it possible to fill cavities discreetly using tooth-coloured fillings.
At Therapeuo, depending on the treatment, we fill the cavities with Glass Ionomer filling or Composite Material. Children with tooth-colored fillings can retain decayed teeth in a way that are both functionally effective and visually appealing.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting children ?
Children as young as 6 months old can experience tooth decay. Tooth-coloured fillings can repair damaged teeth, but the most effective form of treatment is prevention. Parents can help their children prevent cavities by limiting exposure to sugary foods and beverages.
Your child may need a dental filling if he or she has cavities. Though some cavities are obvious and cause pain, many are less easily seen and asymptomatic. That is why all children should visit us and our paediatric team twice yearly for a professional dental check-up. Regular checks can identify tooth decay in earliest phases, when it is most easily treated.
The dentist will then remove decay from the teeth and clean the treatment site. In some cases, local anaesthesia might be required at the site of treatment. A chosen filling material will be placed into the tooth surface and cured. Finally, the filling will be adjusted for comfort.
Though most children experience little or no discomfort during this process, it is normal to feel some pressure. If your child has dental anxiety or concerns about the treatment process, speak with your child's dentist about sedation options.
Composite fillings are very strong and capable of withstanding normal wear and tear in children. Most tooth-colored fillings will last many years so long as children brush twice daily, floss once per day, adopt healthy dietary habits and visit a pediatric dentist regularly for exams.