Children are often prone to cavities. Tooth decay can be a precursor to more serious issues such as infection and tooth loss. It is crucial to teach kids how to take care of their teeth from a young age to reduce the risk of cavities.
When your child has a cavity, our office can attend to it immediately. Dentist Sharon Mateja often recommends dental fillings for children to ensure kids can eat and chew properly, and are safeguarded from further dental issues. Your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist can choose the right filling option for your child.
What Causes Cavities?
When plaque is not removed from the teeth on a regular basis, oral bacteria feed on it and produce acids. These acids erode the enamel – the protective layer of the teeth – making them more vulnerable to decay.
Your child might be more prone to cavities if they consume a lot of sugar and starches. Dental decay can also be the result of genetics. In some cases, your child might not produce enough saliva to ward off cavities. In addition, non-fluoridated water can make your child much more susceptible to tooth decay.
When Should I Contact the Dentist?
You should contact our Rancho Cucamonga office if you suspect your child has a cavity. Here are some common warning signs:
- White spots on the teeth
- Teeth that appear light brown
- Holes or chips in the teeth
- Visible pits that look dark brown or black
If your child complains of sensitivity while eating or drinking certain foods or generalized pain around a tooth, you should contact us immediately. We will assess your child’s teeth and determine which type of filling is the best choice.
Amalgam fillings are the classic silver fillings that contain alloys of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. Since dentists have used these fillings for more than 150 years, it is one of the most trusted materials at our Rancho Cucamonga office. These fillings have become safer and more effective over the years.
Amalgam fillings are cost-effective and often cheaper than other materials. Amalgam fillings are a top choice due to their durability. They can last 12 years or more on average. These fillings are also less sensitive to moisture.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin fillings are more aesthetically pleasing since they match the natural color of your child’s tooth. This material contains ground-up white porcelain and other resins.
Unlike their amalgam counterparts, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth. This reduces the risk of further decay. Composite resin fillings cost more than amalgam and might not last as long.
The Dental Filling Procedure
Based on your child’s condition, your preferences, and insurance coverage, we will determine whether an amalgam or composite resin filling is the best choice. We will first numb the area around your child’s tooth with local anesthesia.
The decay is then carefully removed, leaving as much healthy tooth structure intact as possible. Next, Dr. Mateja fills the treatment area with the filling material, allows it to harden, and contours it for a proper fit.
Schedule Your Child's Appointment
If you suspect that your child has a cavity, send us a message or call or office at (909) 989-5959. We can schedule an appointment and provide a comprehensive care plan.