Some tips for cavity prevention:
- Limit frequency of snacks
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Watch what your kids drink
- Avoid sticky foods that lay on the teeth for long periods of time
- Make treats part of meals
- Choose nutritious snacks
Fillings or Restorations
In the event you child does develop cavities, several factors influence the performance, longevity and expense of dental restorations.
- The components used in the filling material
- The amount of tooth structure remaining after the diseased area is removed
- Where and how the filling is placed
- The chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
- The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth
Our new office is designed specifically for kids and most of our patients think that “getting a filling” is actually fun! We will offer your child the choice of watching TV or a movie. We will also offer your child nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia or “happy air” to help them be more relaxed. Most of the time we will be able to restore teeth with a tooth-colored bonded composite material. Teeth that have more advanced decay will require a full coverage restoration, or stainless steel crown. Before your child’s treatment begins, Dr Alegre will discuss all options and help you choose the best filling for your child’s particular case.