Tooth pain is a sign that something may be wrong with a tooth or its surrounding soft tissue; do not ignore a toothache. Left untreated, the discomfort may worsen, and long-term damage may result. If your child experiences any level of tooth pain, they may be in need of a restorative dental filling.
Our pediatric dentists in Taylor and West Bloomfield, MI provide dental fillings as a way to repair a decayed tooth and prevent further damage from occurring by preventing bacteria from accumulating on the tooth.
For the dental filling procedure, your child’s dentist will first clean the area, remove the damage, and then repair the tooth with filling material. There are several types of filling material available; you and our pediatric dentist will be able to discuss which type is most appropriate for your child and their case.
Today, dentists have the option of more than just silver amalgam (composed of mercury, silver, zinc, copper, and tin). Teeth can also be restored with porcelain, glass ionomer, gold, or tooth-colored composite resin.
The material used is typically determined by the extent of and location of the tooth decay, filling cost, insurance coverage and which filling material your dentist recommends is best for your child.
If some other restorative dental treatment, besides a filling, is required to alleviate your child’s tooth pain, we may suggest root canal therapy, crowns, or an alternate therapy.
Is your child experiencing tooth pain? It may be time for a filling; contact your pediatric dentist at our Taylor or West Bloomfield, MI office to schedule a visit.
Dr. Jason M. Golnick received his DDS degree and his MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan. He is a C.S. Mott Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Dr. Jason Golnick is an active staff member of Oakwood Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center / Childrens Hospital of Michigan,