Here at Gilroy Pediatric Dentistry, we are proud to offer fillings to our patients.
Dental fillings are used to treat different dental problems like cavities and broken teeth. Teeth are usually filled with a material called composite resin, which is designed to look like natural teeth. Here at our practice, we offer both natural tooth colored resin, or fun colored resin (twinky stars).
Before your child gets a filling, your child will receive a local anesthetic to numb the gums around the tooth. For young children, we recommend the use of nitrous oxide to help alleviate anxiety and to create a positive experience. We will then clean away the bad and decayed part of the tooth so that it is ready to be filled. Occasionally, if the decay is nearing the nerve, a glass ionomer pulp cap will be placed to protect the vitality of the teeth. Once the tooth is filled in, we will smooth over the rough edges and polish it so it looks natural.
The amount of time it takes to fill a tooth varies based on the extent of the damage to it.