How often have you heard “acing” the check-up is associated with being cavity-free? Of course, cavities do not have to be a rite of passage or a part of childhood. By partnering with a trusted, truly kid-friendly, and talented dentist like Dr. Mona Houshiar of Mona Dental for Kids in Spring, Texas, you are equipping your child with the support and resources essential to developing good and healthy habits.
In many cases, we can prevent tooth decay; however, we can also use biocompatible and natural-looking dental fillings to treat a cavity promptly. By doing so, we stop the decay process in its tracks. Appropriate and prompt filling treatment may even save your child’s tooth and help you avoid the need for more costly and aggressive treatments, like crowns, Root Canal Therapy, and extraction followed by space maintainers.
A cavity arises when the harmful bacteria naturally present in the mouth combine with starchy and sugary foods and drinks to form acids that wear down the natural tooth structure. Early enamel erosion is associated with staining or, conversely, a more translucent appearance (caused by thin enamel). Additionally, your child may complain about their teeth “hurting,” especially when they drink or eat something sweet or cold.
Staying on top of checking and repairing fillings and other restorations is essential because cavities can even form around an old or worn-down filling. Without good care, the filling may sustain damage, and the “bad stuff” (harmful bacteria and plaque) can leak and threaten the remaining natural tooth structure.
During your child’s check-up, Dr. Houshiar will look for problems with natural and treated teeth (dental work). Dental fillings may be an appropriate option for existing cavities as long as they are not too big. Large cavities need a little more “coverage” from the restoration, as there is less natural tooth structure for them to rely on for support.
Dental composite resin is an attractive material due to its cosmetic nature and conservative/tooth-preserving and biocompatible properties. Compatibility is essential because you avoid potential adverse allergic reactions or sensitivities to metals and possible complications associated with neighboring natural tissues becoming irritated or inflamed.
The process is hassle-free and straightforward; Dr. Houshiar prepares the material and applies the composite in layers to the tooth after removing any damaged areas. In turn, it “fills in” the hole or cavity. The filling is hardened with a special light, and then your child is free to go and enjoy their healthy tooth – which is as good as new!
If your child is due for a check-up, schedule one today without delay. Call Mona Dental for Kids in Spring, TX, at (832) 662-3008.