A 3D rendering of a filling inside a pediatric tooth.

Pediatric Tooth Fillings

Being told your child has cavities that need to be filled by their pediatric dentist can leave parents with many questions. One of the most common questions is, “Why do baby teeth need fillings when their baby teeth will eventually fall out?” Continue reading to find out why children need pediatric tooth fillings.

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Understanding Cavities In Children

Children often struggle with brushing and flossing, which leads to excess plaque, tooth decay, and, eventually, cavities. According to the CDC:

  • 52% of children 6 to 8 years old have cavities in their baby (primary) teeth
  • 57% of 12 to 19-year-olds have at least one cavity in their permanent teeth
  • Not getting baby teeth filled can lead to gum tissue infections, root canals, and developmental problems with permanent teeth

Signs And Symptoms Of Cavities

As a parent, it is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cavities in children. Younger children can have a hard time explaining what hurts and why. Your child may also be crying and saying their mouth hurts. Other signs and symptoms to look for include:

  • Your child says their teeth hurt (toothache)
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Your child says it hurts to eat or drink
  • Small pitting in your child’s teeth
  • Staining on the tooth’s surface

Types Of Fillings For Children

There are two general types of fillings for children: 

  • Amalgam (silver) fillings
  • Composite (tooth-colored) fillings 
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Pediatric Filling Procedure

The pediatric dental filling procedure is as follows:

  • Oral exam and X-rays: An initial oral exam and X-rays are performed to determine which teeth have cavities
  • Numbing the tooth: An oral gel is used to numb the area around the tooth — once the gums are numb, a second numbing agent may be used
  • Removing the tooth decay: The tooth decay (cavity) is removed, and then the area is disinfected and cleaned before filling
  • Filling the tooth: The tooth is filled, and the filling is shaped to fit the tooth’s natural contour
  • Material is cured: The dentist may use a special light to help cure and harden the filling
  • Rinsing: After the tooth is filled, the mouth is thoroughly rinsed

If your child has trouble sitting still, talk to your dentist ahead of time about different sedative options available at their office. 

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Tips For Preparing Children

Getting a cavity filled can be scary for a child, and parents can also have dental anxieties. However, it is essential not to show your anxiety and to remain calm. During the initial exam, the dentist explains the process to your child in a way they will understand. 

On the day of the filling appointment:

  • Make sure your child is dressed comfortably
  • Bring along a small comfort item, like a small blanket or stuffed toy
  • Bring along a pair of sunglasses for your child to block out the bright overhead light 

Post-Filling Care Instructions

Your child may complain they cannot feel the part of their mouth where the tooth was filled. It is important not to let your child poke, prod, or press on the area excessively. Just remind them the numbness will wear off in a few hours. Other post-filling care instructions are:

  • Feed your child a soft food diet for the next day or two
  • Avoid hot and cold foods and drinks for the first 48 hours, as these can cause pain and sensitivity
  • Apply a cold compress to the area every few hours for 15 minutes to help with swelling
  • Your child can take an over-the-counter children’s pain reliever to help if needed
  • Follow up with your pediatric dentist if there are issues

Preventive Strategies

To help prevent future cavities, some things you can do as a parent include:

  • Keep up with bi-annual pediatric dental visits
  • Ask your dentist about chewable tablets that show plaque on your child’s teeth
  • Get a child-friendly toothbrush and dental floss
  • Ensure your child brushes their teeth for two minutes
  • Assist your child if necessary
  • Download a brushing and flossing app/game 

Pediatric Dental Care In Las Vegas And Reno

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Pediatric Tooth Fillings FAQs

Children can develop cavities at any age, even as young as two. This is why daily brushing and flossing are important, even at such a young age.

The duration of a pediatric dental filling procedure depends on the location and size of the cavity. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and sometimes as quickly as 20 to 30 minutes. 

Pediatric tooth fillings are usually covered by dental insurance. However, they may only be reimbursed by a certain percentage.

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89108
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89131
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89147
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89110
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
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Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89139
Phone Number: (702) 583-5342

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
Phone Number: (702) 733-0888

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Phone Number: (702) 848-7760

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89149
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
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Las Vegas, Nevada 89147
Phone Number: (702) 309-0909

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89110
Phone Number: (702) 605-9120

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
Phone Number: (702) 551-4128

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89129
Phone Number: (702) 625-8031

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89148
Phone Number: (702) 476-2700

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
Phone Number: (702) 330-8952

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Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
Phone Number: (702) 384-7200

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Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
Phone Number: (702) 395-0157

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