Your child’s pediatric dentist will likely recommend fillings to treat any cavities in your child’s teeth. You don’t need to be worried. Cavities are common among children, and fillings are an effective treatment to prevent further decay.
However, you may wonder why your child’s primary teeth need fillings if they eventually fall out, only to be replaced by adult teeth. The truth is that untreated decay, even in primary teeth, can lead to additional complications for your child. In addition, fillings are important for your child’s oral health and overall well-being.
Here is an overview of four reasons why children may need fillings.
If your child has a new or persistent cavity, they will more than likely complain of tooth sensitivity or pain. This symptom occurs because cavities cause decay in the tooth’s protective outer layer called enamel. Decay in deeper layers of the teeth can even cause intense pain. Fortunately, treating your child’s cavities with fillings helps eliminate the pain and prevent further deterioration.
It’s essential to treat a cavity before it gets to the tooth’s inner layer or pulp. A cavity that reaches the pulp can be especially dangerous, as this is the location of the tooth’s nerves and blood supply. Signs of decayed and infected pulp include pain, swelling, and redness in the face or mouth. Children need fillings for cavities to prevent this type of dangerous infection in the pulp.
Early treatment with fillings helps protect both your child’s primary and permanent teeth. Cavities are directly caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria on the surface of your child’s teeth. Without treatment, this bacteria can even extend into the underlying bone and jaw and affect your child’s permanent teeth. They may become malformed or discolored as a result.
Teeth are vital for many daily activities, including eating and speaking. If your child has a troubling cavity, they may hesitate to eat due to sensitivity or pain. An untreated cavity can cause the early loss of primary teeth, as well, potentially leading to speech problems.
Fillings help your child’s teeth maintain their normal function, contributing to both oral health and overall well-being for your child.
The team at Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists understands the importance of filling cavities upon detection while ensuring your child’s comfort. Read more about how our pediatric dental team treats cavities and tooth decay.