Kids Fillings
In Modesto

Dental Fillings For Children

Tooth decay can be prevented with proper oral hygiene. But even if you do your best to care for your little one’s teeth, they may end up with a cavity. If you think your child has a cavity, a dental filling from First Smiles Children’s Dentistry is the best way to protect their oral health. Contact us now for a consultation with Dr. Chris Ha, and get the care they need.

Modesto pediatric fillings

Did you know…

42% of kids from the age of 2-11 have had at least one cavity in a baby tooth, and 21% of kids from the age of 6-11 have had at least one cavity in an adult tooth.

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What To Expect From The Pediatric Filling Process

Cleaning and numbing

To begin the process, Dr. Ha will clean the area and numb your child’s mouth to keep them comfortable throughout their filling. We’re specialists at caring for kids, so we’ll keep your little one feeling great during their appointment.

Removing damaged enamel

Once their mouth is numb, Dr. Ha will gently remove enamel from the damaged tooth. He will clean away any damaged or decayed material to prepare the tooth for a filling.

Placing the filling

We use composite (tooth-colored) fillings at your children's dentist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Ha will choose a resin material that matches your child’s teeth perfectly. Then, he will apply it to the tooth, reshaping it and restoring its appearance and strength.

Final adjustments

Once the overall shape of the filling is right, Dr. Ha will check your child’s bite a couple of times using special paper. Then, he’ll make any necessary adjustments so that their new filling fits into their bite perfectly. After that, you and your little one will be sent home by your Modesto kids dentist.

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Common Causes Of Tooth Decay In Kids

Poor oral hygiene is a common cause, especially in older kids who have started brushing on their own. Without proper brushing and flossing, bacteria-filled plaque will build up on their teeth, causing cavities.

A high-sugar diet is also a major contributing factor, especially if your child drinks lots of juice, sports drinks, soda, and other sugary drinks. You should definitely consider changing your child’s diet if they're prone to cavities.

Improper hydration can be a factor, too. Proper hydration increases saliva flow, which helps prevent tooth decay. Tap water has fluoride in it, which also helps prevent cavities. 

Top Tips For Preventing Cavities

First, make sure your child is brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and flosses once per day. Proper oral hygiene is the #1 best way to prevent cavities. 

You also should consider eliminating sugary drinks from their diet, and minimize processed snacks like chips and candy. Feed them a diet high in healthy dairy, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meats. They should drink only water and milk.

Speaking of water, give your child plenty of water to keep them hydrated. And avoid bottled water. Despite what some misinformed people would have you believe, tap water is perfectly healthy, and has fluoride that helps keep their teeth strong.

Common Dental Questions Regarding Fillings and Cavities:

Can My Child Be Sedated For Their Filling?

Yes. At First Smiles Children’s Dentistry, we offer mild sedation dentistry for kids of all ages in Modesto. If your child is feeling nervous or anxious about getting a filling at our office, Dr. Chris Ha is here to help. We offer nitrous oxide sedation for kids who are needing fillings at First Smiles Children’s Dentistry.

With nitrous oxide (laughing gas), your child will inhale nitrous oxide and oxygen through a nose mask. This will make them feel more comfortable during their appointment, and less focused on their procedure. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly and has minimal side effects, too.

Dr. Ha is skilled and gentle with children as he takes care of their dental need and mild sedation of nitrous oxide is usually very successful our more nervous little ones.

Are There Any Alternatives To Pediatric Fillings?

Yes. In many cases, Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) can be used to treat cavities in baby teeth. This treatment involves no needles or drilling. Dr. Chris Ha will simply paint the SDF mixture onto your child’s tooth. This mixture consists of ammonia, silver, fluoride, and water and is not tooth color but instead is dark, almost black in color on the tooth. It is not aesthetically pleasing but will keep decay at bay if a tooth color filling is not an option.

When the SDF mixture touches the cavity, it seals it and kills the bacteria. This stops the cavity from getting worse. With regular touch-ups at our office, SDF can keep your child’s tooth healthy until their adult tooth erupts and replaces it.

SDF is only recommended for baby teeth, though. If your child has a cavity in an adult tooth, a tooth-colored filling is the best option for restoring their smile. This is because the SDF treatment stains the surface of your child’s tooth permanently.

What Other Treatments Help Prevent Cavities?

If your child is cavity-prone or you just want to reduce their risk of tooth decay, Dr. Chris Ha can offer some other treatments that help prevent cavities and eliminate the need for pediatric fillings, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

Fluoride treatments are a great option for most kids. In this treatment, Dr. Ha will paint a thin layer of fluoride onto their teeth and leave it in place for a few minutes. This fluoride attracts minerals that strengthen your child’s teeth, reducing their risk of cavities and even helping to reverse the first stage of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments can be done as part of routine six-month teeth cleanings, which makes them very convenient.

Dental sealants are another related procedure that can help prevent the need for fillings. Sealants consist of a thin layer of clear dental resin. Dr. Ha will apply this resin to your child’s rear teeth in liquid form, then harden it with a special light. This creates a barrier on your child’s teeth, stopping bacteria, acid, and food particles from contacting the enamel directly. In turn, this dramatically reduces the risk of cavities in treated teeth.

Did you know…

All the 20 baby teeth will fall out before your child becomes an adult.

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