Pediatric & Orthodontics Dentist - Las Vegas, NV
What is a Dental Filling Made of?
Dental fillings, or composite fillings, are a method of dental restoration that is primarily made of quartz, ceramic, or silica. These non-toxic substances used for fillings are often referred to as “tooth-colored fillings.” Composite fillings are durable and resistant to fractures in small to midsize fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. Composites can be used on either front or back teeth and are a good choice for patients who prefer natural-looking fillings. Because of their natural look, tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than silver or gold fillings. In addition to being cosmetically pleasing, some tooth-colored fillings contain materials that release fluoride, protecting the filling from further decay. Patients love leaving the office with a bright, white smile that will keep their mouth healthy long term!
Why Your Child May Need Dental Fillings
Cavities of all shapes and sizes require fillings to prevent future decay. Fillings take the place of damaged and decayed teeth. They act as a barrier between bacteria and the nerve root, protecting your child’s mouth from pain and possible infection. Fillings also stop the cavity from growing. Once a cavity is formed, bacteria start getting trapped within, and it is nearly impossible to brush them out at this point. The treatment process for fillings involves removing any decay and preventing future degeneration.
Our dentist may also recommend a filling to address any of these other tooth-related conditions:
- Tooth fracture
- Degeneration of tooth structure
- Tooth discoloration
- Replacement of old fillings
Benefits of Getting Cavities Filled
We know no one wants a cavity, but dental fillings are a great way to stop tooth decay from spreading so your child can keep a healthy, happy smile! Stopping the spread of tooth decay in primary teeth sets your child’s permanent teeth up to be healthy and disease-free. In addition to stopping the spread of decay, some tooth-colored fillings even contain materials that release fluoride. This protects your child’s teeth from further risk of tooth decay and focuses on getting them a bright, white smile. Getting a cavity filled promotes good oral hygiene and restores the integrity of your child’s smile.
Contact Us Today
Your pediatric dentist will take several aspects into consideration when deciding the best filling for your child. They will look at your child’s age, dental history, activity level, and the location of the filling to choose the best filling for your child’s needs. Adventure Smiles Dentistry & Orthodontics is here for all of your little smiles! Contact us today to schedule your child’s next appointment with us.