Tooth Colored Fillings
Why are Tooth Colored Fillings Needed?
If, during a dental exam, cavities are identified, a filling may be necessary to restore the tooth. Digital x-rays and a tooth exam can help to identify areas of decay. Tooth colored fillings can help to restore the damaged tooth, while keeping the natural look of your child’s smile.
How are Tooth Colored Fillings Placed?
We understand that children may be nervous when receiving a filling, so we ensure that they are comfortable during the procedure. Sometimes, this can be achieved using pediatric conscious oral sedation or nitrous oxide. Local anesthetic numbs the targeted tooth, and the decay is then removed. An acid etch and resin bonding material is then placed before the composite is placed into the tooth. After the filling is in place, a blue light is used to harden the filling.
Are Tooth Colored Fillings Painful?
After the targeted tooth is numbed, the child will not feel any pain while the filling is placed. However, the child may feel some pressure during the treatment. Overall, the process of placing a filling is fairly quick and mostly painless. After the filling is placed, the treated tooth may be sensitive, however this will resolve over time.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings match the color of your child’s natural teeth, making them a very popular option for restorations. They are also used to restore molars as long as the fillings are relatively small in size. For larger fillings, silver fillings may be recommended.
If your child is in need of a filling and you would like to learn more about tooth colored fillings, contact our Quincy, MA office today to schedule an appointment!