Will pediatric dental fillings hurt my child?

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Understanding the Need for Pediatric Dental Fillings

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The mere thought of dental fillings can be daunting for both parents and children. However, at Kids Tooth Team, we believe in turning fear into understanding, and uncertainty into comfort. 

Dental fillings are not just for adults. Children, too, can experience tooth decay that requires attention. When left untreated, these cavities can lead to severe pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Pediatric dental fillings are a safe and effective way to protect your child's oral health. At Kids Tooth Team, Dr. Alex uses the latest techniques and equipment to ensure the process is as painless as possible.

Will pediatric dental fillings hurt my child?

Will My Child Experience Pain?

While the procedure itself is painless thanks to local anesthesia, some children may experience minor discomfort after the numbness wears off. This is normal and usually subsides within a few hours. Dr. Alex and our team will provide you with aftercare instructions to help manage any discomfort and ensure a smooth recovery.

Dental Filling Alternatives

While dental fillings are standard for treating tooth decay, other options like crowns or tooth extraction may be considered in some cases:

Dental Crowns: 

Crowns fully encase the tooth to restore structure and strength. They provide more protection than fillings but require more tooth removal. Crowns are ideal for extensive decay or weak teeth. The pros are durability and preserving the natural tooth, but they do cost more than simple fillings. Dr. Alex will evaluate your child’s specific case and determine if a pediatric dental crown is a better option for your child’s treatment. 

Tooth Extraction:  

Extraction is sometimes necessary if the decay has advanced to the point of tooth infection and a root canal or pulpotomy is not possible. Removing the tooth completely eliminates disease but means losing the natural tooth. If baby teeth are being removed, we may recommend space maintainers to hold the space until adult teeth are ready to emerge. If a permanent tooth needs to be extracted, we will recommend a tooth replacement option that aligns with your child’s needs. 

Dr. Alex will determine the best treatment approach tailored to your child’s needs and oral health. Many factors are considered when choosing between fillings, crowns, or extractions. Rest assured Dr. Alex will provide her very best recommendation based on your child’s specific needs.

Caring for Dental Fillings

To help dental fillings last and avoid issues like cracks or injury, be sure your child:

  • Avoids sticky, hard, crunchy foods like caramel, chips, nuts, etc. for the first 24 hours after the procedure
  • Practices gentle but thorough tooth brushing 2x per day 
  • Flosses daily, being very careful around the new filling  
  • Uses a fluoride mouthwash daily to protect teeth
  • Keeps follow-up appointments with Dr. Alex every 6 months  

Following these guidelines will help the restored tooth remain healthy and strong! Please call us with any questions.

Preventing Future Cavities

The best way to prevent cavities and the need for fillings is through regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene habits. Encourage your child to brush twice a day, floss daily, and limit sugary foods and drinks. Regular visits to Kids Tooth Team can also help identify potential issues early, before they require more complex treatment.

In addition to limiting sugary foods and maintaining thorough oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing, consider these preventive steps:

  • Dental Sealants: Sealants provide a protective plastic coating over back teeth grooves to prevent cavities. They are simple and painless to apply.
  • Fluoride Toothpastes & Mouthwash: Fluoride strengthens enamel to better withstand acid attacks leading to decay. Look for kid-friendly toothpastes with fluoride.  
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Children should visit the dentist every 6 months for dental exams and preventive care — like dental sealants — before issues arise. Catching problems early is key!
  • Proper Toothbrush Selection: Choose age-appropriate toothbrushes with soft bristles that allow the child to clean effectively without irritation. Replace every 3-4 months.

Work with a Dentist Who Explains Treatment 

The team at Kids Tooth Team knows the value of explaining treatment to children in a kid-friendly way. This allows them to go in prepared and reduces feelings of anxiety about the treatment which can exacerbate physical pain. 

Check out some reviews from parents whose kids have had a great experience in our offices: 

“We had our initial visit for our 7 year old today.  Everyone was friendly and comforting to me and my child.  It made for a welcoming visit.  My child loved being able to watch Netflix while getting her treatment.  The dentist and her staff were very thorough and made me feel comfortable with our treatment plan!” 

— Kari M

“I absolutely love this dental office. The atmosphere is welcoming and pleasant. The staff is very helpful and hands on. They are great at explaining treatment and procedures to not only me but my children. Dr. Otto puts my children at ease, and very thoroughly explains any questions that they have. I am just so happy we found Kids Tooth Team!”

— Everett H

“This was our first time coming in to the office and I was pretty impressed with everything. I had Joni help me out and she was so freaking nice! Dr Alex was super nice and I liked the way she explained my daughters treatment. It’s very hard to find a clinic with a welcoming environment along with a awesome Dr and Kids Tooth Team has done it all! I plan on staying with them. I will be recommending them to family and friends for sure !”

— Esmeralda E

Secure Your Child's Smile with Kids Tooth Team

Don't let fear of the unknown stand in the way of your child's oral health. At Kids Tooth Team, Dr. Alex and our compassionate staff are here to answer all your questions and guide you through the process. We are committed to providing a comfortable, stress-free experience for both you and your child.

If your child is experiencing tooth pain or if it's time for their regular check-up, don't hesitate to reach out to us at (512) 523-4774. Serving Buda, Kyle and South Austin, we are here to protect your child's smile and ensure they grow into adults with healthy, happy smiles. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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