Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentists & Special Needs Dentists located in Austin, TX
If your child needs a filling, you can choose to have non-toxic white fillings. At Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry, in Austin, Texas, Steve Hernandez, DDS, and Angie Hernandez, DDS, provide white fillings and white dental crowns to seal cavities and protect your child’s teeth from future tooth decay. Call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today!
White Fillings Q&A
What is a white filling?
A white filling is a non-toxic, composite resin treatment option for a dental cavity. White fillings are durable and suitable for small to medium-sized fillings. They’re nearly invisible because they match the color of your child’s tooth, and your child’s dentist can place them on front or back teeth. Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry also offers white dental crowns made of porcelain or porcelain over metal. The dentist can tint composite resin and porcelain to match your child’s teeth for a natural appearance.
What are the signs my child has tooth decay?
Often, there are no noticeable signs of tooth decay. However, in some cases, your child might say their teeth hurt. They might also have increased sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks or refuse to eat because it hurts to chew. You might also see a dark brown or black spot on a tooth.
A comprehensive dental exam is the best way to know if your child has tooth decay and needs a filling. Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry provides gentle, child-friendly white filling procedures.
How are white fillings applied?
The dentist begins by thoroughly numbing your child’s tooth and surrounding tissue. Then, they remove the decayed parts of the tooth and clean any debris from the tooth. Next, the dentist applies the white, composite resin filling in layers. Once they completely fill the cavity, they shine a special light onto the white filling to harden the resin and seal the tooth.
If your child needs a crown, the dentist prepares the tooth for the crown by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. This creates space for the white crown to fit over the tooth and rest flush with the other teeth.
How can I help my child prevent tooth decay?
You can protect your child’s dental health and prevent tooth decay by teaching them proper at-home dental care. Your child should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. They should also floss at least once daily.
If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist who provides white fillings, call Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment today!