While not ideal, many children will need to have at least one dental filling during their childhood. In fact, as many as 60% of kids in the United States will get at least one filling before the age of 12. Our team at Idaho Kids Dentistry would love to see that number decrease, but until then, we offer pediatric dental fillings in Meridian and surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment today at one of our three convenient locations.
What is a Dental Filling?
Dental fillings have come a long way since you or your parents had them! While even a short decade ago, many dental offices were using primarily silver amalgam (metal) to fill in cavities – today, many materials are used, including composite and ceramic. Fillings are used to prevent cavities from getting larger or spreading to other teeth. Fillings also help in preventing infection. When a child suffers from minor to moderate tooth decay, a filling will be recommended.
What to Expect
While your child may feel slightly anxious about getting a filling, the process is pretty simple, and our team is committed to making them comfortable. We offer different methods for relaxation, including nitrous oxide and local anesthesia. You and your child can be confident that the process will be quick and virtually pain-free!
After we are positive your child’s gums and affected tooth are numb, our highly experienced dentists will gently remove any decayed or damaged material from your child’s tooth, then clean it to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the area with the filling material and shape it to match your child’s tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration. Most fillings can last for years and your child shouldn’t need to have any follow-up appointments.
Trust the Dentists at Idaho Kids
If one of your child’s teeth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring their oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us at one of our six convenient locations around the Meridian and Nampa areas to learn more about pediatric dental fillings. Schedule your child’s next appointment with our team today. We look forward to caring for your child’s smile!