How common are cavities in children?
Dental cavities are a common oral problem among children that develop when bacteria erode tooth enamel. At Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Jeni Kong uses tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect damaged teeth.
"I was blown away with how nice the staff were and their understanding of children with special needs. My daughter has Autism and teeth cleaning is difficult, I went in expecting that we wouldn't be able to get anything done, but we did a cleaning, exam, and xrays!! I'm so happy I found this place. Wonderful staff and lovely office. The sensory room was perfect! Thanks to everyone for an amazing visit!"- S.F. / Google / Aug 14, 2023
"I can’t begin to tell you how refreshing it was to have a visit at this dentist office today. We’ve had a very hard time over the years finding a dentist that not only we trust, but that can fit us in in a timely manner, the staff is friendly, etc. Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry checks all the boxes. We felt at ease right when we walked in, from the front desk staff, to the dental assistant, to the two dentists we worked with. The office is clean, well equipped for children, and the speed at which they helped my daughter with an emergent issue is unmatched. Our previous dentist had a 6 month wait for this exact procedure that Apple Tree performed in less than an hour. We will be using them for all future procedures and cleanings."- A.D. / Google / Jun 22, 2023
"This is the absolute BEST pediatric dentistry around. I have four kids and they are always SO great with all of them. Even if one of my kids is having a hard day, the amount of patience and kindness the staff gives never ceases to amaze me. After we leave, my kids all ask when they can go back TO THE DENTIST again! If that’s not a huge WIN, I don’t know what is! Thanks so much to everyone there… you truly make it feel so comfortable, welcoming, and hospitable every time we come. I recommend Appletree to everyone I know, all the time. Just had to come on here and officially sing their praises!"- L.W. / Google / Mar 14, 2023
"This was our first visit and I was very pleased with how the staff treated my kids, made them feel comfortable, and told them what they were doing every step of the way. My oldest daughter had started having tooth pain and they saw us quickly, helped me make the best decision for her treatment, and got her treated fast. It was her first procedure ever and they kept her calm through the whole thing. They also advised on some great preventive measures as well. Dentists can be scary for kids, so when we find one that leaves them with warm fuzzies, we know we found our new pediatric dentist forever!"- M.D. / Google / Aug 22, 2023
"We love Apple Tree! They are so patient and quick with toddlers. My 4yo was scared and let them know he was scared, they did their best to make his visit as comfortable as possible!"- J.M. / Google / Jun 16, 2023
What are the Benefits of Children's Fillings?
There are many reasons why tooth-colored fillings are beneficial for children. Our professionals know that fillings are crucial for preventing further decay. They also allow Dr. Jeni to restore and protect damaged teeth while still preserving the appearance of their smile. Additional benefits include:
- Preserve natural tooth structure
- Strengthen and protect teeth from further damage
- Reduce the risk of toothache, infection, and other issues associated with decay
- Provide a natural-looking smile without resorting to silver or metal fillings
does my child need a filling?
Dr. Jeni uses composite resin tooth-colored fillings to restore and rebuild tooth structure damaged by decay. Composite resin is a versatile material that may be used to treat other issues with your child's teeth, such as chipped teeth, broken teeth, or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with the surrounding teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a natural-looking appearance.
how does a dentist perform a filling on a child?
Receiving a filling at Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry is typically an easy process. The treatment area will be numbed to help your child feel comfortable. Often times, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is administered to help relax the child and to provide a comfortable experience.
how to care for your child's fillings
Your child can resume normal daily activities once the tooth-colored filling is complete, but they may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for a few days. You can give your child nonprescription pain relief medication to address any discomfort; however, they shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your child reports that the filling seems uneven when biting down, please call us so that we can get them back in to adjust the bite. Your child's filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine that includes daily flossing and brushing. During your child's annual dental exam, Dr. Jeni will check the filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
does insurance cover children's fillings?
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your child's coverage so we can calculate any personal cost. If your child does not have dental insurance, our knowledgeable staff will go over the payment methods accepted by our office and can provide information on medical financing.
Children's Fillings FAQ
Why does a child need a dental filling?
Dental fillings are done to repair the affected tooth and stop the spread of tooth decay to other healthy teeth. Even if the cavity is in a baby tooth, it is necessary to treat the decay to keep it from spreading or causing a tooth infection.
Does getting a children's filling hurt?
Dr. Jeni takes special care to make sure your child feels safe and comfortable without pain during the entire procedure. Using topical and local anesthetic with nitrous oxide sedation helps to make the experience as stress-free as possible.
Are tooth-colored composite fillings safer than regular fillings?
While still considered safe and effective, traditional fillings are made with a mix of silver and mercury, which may be hazardous to your health. Composite, or tooth-colored, fillings are made with a composite resin and are considered to be generally safer than traditional fillings.
How long does it take to get a children's filling?
How long the procedure takes depends on the size and location of the cavity. In general, it typically takes about 30 – 45 minutes to place a children's filling.
Does a composite filling look natural?
Yes, it does. One of the major advantages of a composite filling is that it doesn't change the color of your tooth.
How can I prepare my child to go to the dentist?
Some key tips on having a comfortable, stress-free dental experience for your child include:
- Keep calm, stay composed — your child will key in on your state of mind. If you are nervous, they will be nervous.
- Talk to them — talk to your child and answer questions about the dental visit and what to expect so they won't be surprised
- Be careful with words — avoid talking about needles, drills, etc. by using kid-friendly terms
- Share — tell your child about times you went to the dentist
- Bring a toy or comfort item — whether it's a teddy bear or a blanket, a comfort item can make all the difference to keep your child calm
can children get Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Dental cavities are common occurrences, but it is crucial to have them treated before they develop into larger oral health concerns. At Apple Tree Pediatric Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, small areas of tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Jeni will make sure to match the shade of your child's teeth to create a seamless, healthy grin. If you think your child may have tooth decay, contact us today to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Jeni.
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