Facts about Dental Fillings (Restorations) in Children

Facts about Dental Fillings (Restorations) in Children

Apr 01, 2021

If your child needs restorative dental treatment to put their teeth back in good health, the procedures are accomplished when your child is awake. Your child receives numbing medication, and every process requires approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The time required is longer if your child needs multiple pressures or if they receive sedation.

Children don’t need to remain in the pediatric dental clinic but may return home immediately after the procedure with some restrictions. Children must also receive cleanings every six months from their pediatric dentist.

Children’s Restorative Dentistry — What Is It?

Restorative dentistry in children aims to prevent and treat diseases of the teeth to restore them to their best health. Therapeutic dental treatments also include repair or replacement of damaged and defective teeth. Some processes that are considered as restorative dentistry include:

  • Pulpotomy, treatment of the nerve.
  • Stainless steel or silver crowns.
  • Silver amalgam or tooth-colored fillings in a tooth or teeth.
  • Tooth removal (extractions).
  • Space maintainers.

Happenings During Restorative Dentistry Procedures

Before proceeding with any work, the child’s dentist takes x-rays of the treatment area or reviews previous x-rays if the dentist took them recently. If your child is undergoing the dental filling procedure, the treatment begins with the child’s dentist using a tiny amount of flavored jelly on the gums to act as a topical numbing medication. The flavored jelly ensures your child is comfortable and without pain until the dentist begins the restorative procedure.

Some dental procedures like a Pulptomy or tooth extraction require more profound sedation, and the pediatric dentist might discuss using complete anesthesia to keep your child calm and comfortable.

Silver amalgam or tooth-colored fillings help fill in the area of the tooth drilled to remove decay. Cavities requiring fillers are usually not cavities with deep decay. When filling a cavity, the dentist starts by using a special dental drill to clean the decayed portion of the tooth. After removing the decay, the dentist disinfects the insides of the tooth. The hollow space is filled with silver amalgam or tooth-colored fillings to complete the procedure.

If the child’s dentist recommends dental fillings, you don’t have to assume your child has tooth decay and cavities in their mouths. Tooth-colored fillings help repair minor defects like chipped or broken teeth your child may have picked up when involved in contact sports or even when playing at home.

Tooth Extractions

Children need tooth extractions for many reasons. Tooth removal becomes necessary if your child has a severe infection or a large cavity. Extractions are also beneficial if your child confronts problems with spacing or overcrowding or if the dentist must create space for orthodontic treatments. The tooth removal procedure requires about 20 minutes, but your child will have some restrictions when going home. The child’s dentist provides specific instructions before you leave.

Space Maintainers

If your child loses a baby tooth early or never develops one, dentists provide a space maintainer to preserve the space for the permanent tooth. If space is not maintained, their teeth on both sides of the gap can move towards the blank space to prevent the permanent tooth from emerging. The child may also face crowding, which is challenging to treat without a space maintainer. Space maintainers are made from stainless steel and appear like a silver band and loop. Space maintainers are temporary devices and removed when the permanent tooth erupts, or the teeth around it loosen.

What Is Your Role As a Parent?

As a parent, your responsibility is to help your child remain calm and relaxed before the procedure. The optimal way to help your child stay calm is for you to express calmness.

You can carry along a comfort item such as a favorite stuffed animal or blanket for your child to hold before the procedure. Dentists allow you to remain with your child during restorative dental procedures. If you decide not to stay in the treatment room, you may wait in the family area during the process to ensure the dentist can reach you if necessary.

Caring for Your Child at Home after Restorative Dentistry

If your child experiences any discomfort, you may give over-the-counter painkillers to control the pain and swelling. You must limit your child’s eating habits to cool and soft foods for about three hours after the process to ensure they don’t bite the inside of the mouth as the numbing medication wears off.

Dental fillings or restorations are standard among children who confront many dental issues. So long as you visit a pediatric dental clinic, rest assured your child’s dental health remains well cared for.

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