According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), cavities are very common in children. Tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood health problem that should be treated immediately, even if they are the primary teeth. Untreated cavities are likely to progress and reach the tooth’s inner core, exposing the nerve and causing your child some pain.
During an examination, your child’s dentist may identify a cavity either through visual observation or from any digital x-rays used. As long as the cavity is not too large, in which case it would need a root canal; the tooth can be treated with a simple filling.
Composite, or tooth-colored fillings, are usually recommended for most children. The filling matches the color and physical appearance of the child’s natural teeth closely and is preferred by most pediatric dentists for restorations made in aesthetic areas. It can be used on either front or back teeth as long as the fillings are relatively small. However, it generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does a metal filling. Composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. It provides good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. Also, keep in mind that no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than “silver” (amalgam) fillings.
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