Most children, at one time or another, require a filling or other type of restoration. While you may do everything possible to prevent decay, sometimes biology has other plans!
Our team is highly skilled in the treatment of decay and restoring damaged teeth. We put your child’s comfort first and work in small increments of time so that their experience is a positive one and they never feel overwhelmed.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
All tooth decay starts with bacteria. Their favorite fuel is sugar, which is why we encourage limiting sugary snacks, sodas, sport drinks, and candy. When bacteria reproduce, they create an acidic environment that softens and eats away at the protective coating on teeth called enamel.
Under the enamel is a softer part of the tooth, called dentin. Once bacteria reach the dentin layer of the tooth, they can cause extensive damage that softens and eats away at the tooth. Much of the damage can be hidden deep inside the tooth, which is why we take diagnostic x-rays and use cavity-detecting tools designed to measure decay.
Deep decay can be painful when it gets close to the nerve. Once decay progresses past a certain point, saving the tooth may not be possible. Since your child’s baby teeth are the guides for their permanent teeth, losing them can cause long-term problems with their development.
Gentle Fillings for Kids
Many parents are worried about their child having a filling. We want to reassure you that we will do everything possible to keep your little one completely comfortable. We use anesthetic to numb the tooth, “putting it to sleep” temporarily. We also use a pre-numbing topical anesthetic to make injections painless. Superficial decay that is caught early may not even require anesthetic!
During treatment, we will work efficiently and speak to your child in a way that calms them, so that they feel confident during their procedure. We never want them to feel alarmed or frightened during treatment. To keep them entertained and hold their attention, each of our treatment chairs has a television so that they can watch their favorite show or movie.
What if My Child Breaks a Tooth?
Short of wrapping your child in bubble wrap and keeping them indoors, you can’t avoid all accidents. It’s part of childhood and sometimes broken teeth happen. While unfortunate, in many cases, we can restore their tooth and protect it with a dental crown.
Dental crowns can prolong the life of your child’s tooth and allow it to keep providing them with reliable comfort and function.
Are You Looking for a Gentle Pediatric Dentist?
If you want a gentle, experienced, and compassionate dentist for your children, contact Burleson Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Walton and his team. We look forward to working with you to give your child the best that modern dentistry has to offer in a fun, family-friendly environment.