Pediatric Dental Fillings in Chicago

What can I do if my child has a cavity?

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, and almost always leads to dental caries, more commonly known as cavities. In fact, most Americans have had at least 1 cavity by the time they reach adulthood. Fortunately, they are simple to treat, and easy to prevent. A dental filling can treat cavities within an hour-long appointment. And by making sure your child visits their pediatric dentist for regular cleanings and exams every 6 months, you can help your little one prevent cavities altogether.

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Did you know…

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1 out of 7 adolescents ages 12 to 19 have at least one untreated cavity.

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How it works: The dental filling treatment process for your child

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LOCAL ANESTHESIA

To begin the procedure, your child’s dentist will clean and numb the treatment area to ensure your child feels no discomfort. Your child can also be sedated during the filling procedure so that they feel safe and comfortable.

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REMOVAL OF DECAY

Next, your child’s dentist will begin using a dental drill to remove any tooth enamel that is decayed and damaged, and to prepare the tooth for a filling. Once the decayed material has been removed, the area will be cleaned and sanitized to prepare for a filling.

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FILLING THE TOOTH

After selecting a composite resin material that matches the color of your child’s tooth, the dentist will apply it directly into the cavity. Using dental tools, the filling material will be shaped so that it looks and feels like part of your child’s natural tooth structure. Refinements are made to ensure that your child’s bit feels natural, which completes the treatment.

Did you know…

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Around 20% of children ages 5-11 have at least one untreated cavity.

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Have questions about cavities and fillings? Find answers here.

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What are signs that my child may have a cavity?

Your child may report feelings of sensitivity or discomfort when chewing, eating hot or cold foods, or eating very sugary foods. This is a common sign of a cavity. More advanced decay may result in intermittent toothaches and pain.

You may also be able to recognize visual indicators of tooth decay. If you look inside your child’s mouth and see a dark brown or black stain on their tooth, or you think that you can see visible pits or holes in your child’s tooth, it may be a cavity or tooth decay. If you suspect that your child has a cavity, contact your child’s dentist right away for an oral exam.

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My child hasn’t complained about pain or sensitivity. Why do they need a filling?

Cavities aren’t always deep enough to cause pain or discomfort, but this doesn’t mean that they can be ignored. Over time, cavities will always become more serious, and could even result in an infected tooth if they are not treated. We highly recommend contacting your child’s dentist about treatment with a filling or SDF (silver diamine fluoride) if you suspect your child has a cavity, even if they aren’t feeling any discomfort or pain.

Are dental fillings painful?

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No. Dental fillings do not hurt at all. In fact, after having a filling placed, your child won’t have to worry about tooth pain or sensitivity caused by a cavity, so they can smile brightly and eat their favorite foods without any more discomfort. 

The process of getting a filling is minimally-invasive, and your child’s mouth will be numbed to ensure they don’t feel any pain. In addition, we offer sedation to make sure that your child can remain completely comfortable.

How do fillings keep my child’s smile healthy?

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Fillings are used to replace decayed enamel, which will continue to degrade if it’s left untreated. Your dentist prepares the tooth by removing any remaining unhealthy enamel, and then it’s replaced with the filling material. 

This stops the progression of the cavity by eliminating all damaged tooth material, as well as the bacteria that contributes to decay. In turn, this keeps your child’s smile bright and healthy.

Are dental fillings for children covered by insurance?

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Yes. Dental fillings for kids are usually covered in some way by most insurance policies, though you may be subject to a deductible or yearly maximum coverage for your child, depending on your insurance plan. As always, we recommend contacting your insurer directly if you have any questions about your child’s coverage and want to make sure that their fillings will be covered.

Did you know…

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Nearly 80% of Americans have had at least one cavity before the age of 18.

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