So your child has a cavity. The good news is that cavities can be easily treated by your dentist. In addition, the process of filling a cavity is simple and usually takes only one visit. Kids Choice Dental is here to give you a better idea of how a cavity is filled. We have kids dental locations throughout Colorado, so if you're located in Aurora, Wheat Ridge, Denver, or Lakewood, schedule an appointment today!
We always want to ensure that your child has the best experience from the first moment they walk into our office until they leave. This means that first, we want to ensure that your child won't feel any pain during the procedure. The dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth with a local anesthetic.
Once the area is numb, the dentist can begin working on the cavity. But before the cavity can be filled, the dentist needs to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. This is done with a small, hand-held drill. The dentist will take care not to damage the healthy parts of the tooth, only the areas that have decayed.
After the decayed portion of the tooth has been removed, it's time to fill the cavity. The most common type of filling is made from a dental composite material that comes in a variety of colors. The dentist will carefully pack the material into the cavity, making sure to get all the nooks and crannies. Once it has hardened, the filling is complete!
Now that the cavity has been filled, there are a few final steps. The numbing agent may need some time to wear off, so your child may feel some discomfort for a little while after the procedure. In addition, it's important to avoid chewing on hard foods or anything crunchy for a few days in order to give the filling time to set.
When you leave your appointment, the dentist will give you instructions on how to best care for the filling. In most cases, it's just a matter of following good oral hygiene habits and brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
© All Rights Reserved.