Composite Fillings

Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists & Special Needs Dentists located in Austin, TX

Around 42% of children aged 2-11 have dental cavities. If your little one has a cavity, you can count on expert treatment from Steve Hernandez, DDS, and Angie Hernandez, DDS, at Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry, in Austin, Texas. They offer composite fillings to seal your child’s teeth against future decay safely. Call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today for compassionate pediatric dental care.

Composite Fillings Q&A

What are composite fillings?

A composite filling is a non-toxic, tooth-colored treatment option for a dental cavity. Composite fillings are durable and suitable for small to medium-sized fillings. They blend in with natural teeth, and dentists can place them on front or back teeth. 

What are the signs my child needs a filling?

If your child has a cavity, they might complain of a sore tooth or extreme temperature sensitivity. They might not want to eat because chewing or hot or cold food makes their teeth hurt. You might even see a small dark mark on a tooth. 

However, in many cases, your child might not have any symptoms at all. The only way to know for sure if your child’s teeth are healthy or if they have a cavity is to schedule routine dental appointments. Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry offers compassionate, child-friendly exams and cleaning. 

What happens during the filling process?

Advances in dental technology have made the filling process quick and nearly pain-free. The dentist begins by thoroughly numbing your child’s tooth and surrounding tissue. Then, they use a special drill to remove the decayed parts of the tooth. They clean any debris from the tooth before applying the composite filling. 

Composite fillings take a little more time than metal amalgam fillings as the dentist applies them in layers. After completely filling the cavity, the dentist shines a special light onto the composite resin to harden and seal the filling.

Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry uses several techniques to help your child feel comfortable and confident while under their care. For example, the practice can provide sedation services to keep your child relaxed during their treatment. Your child might also like to listen to their favorite music during their appointment.

How can I help my child avoid cavities?

Daily at-home dental care is critical to preventing cavities. Your child should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. They should also floss at least once a day. Your family should enjoy a nutritious diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

It’s also recommended to avoid giving your young children bottles at bedtime after you’ve cleaned their teeth for the night. And of course, make sure they have dental checkups and professional cleanings every six months.

Even with excellent oral health care, cavities can happen. When they do, Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry is here to provide composite fillings that match the shade of your child’s teeth while protecting their oral health.

For expertly placed composite fillings, call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today!