Thanks to dental fillings, it’s possible to repair tooth enamel damaged by decay. At Brody Pediatric Dentistry, Michael Brody, DDS, Dana Storch, DDS, and the team boast years of experience placing dental fillings. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Aventura, or Miami Beach, Florida, call the nearest office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or click the online booking tool.
Dental fillings use materials like metal amalgam or composite resin to repair a tooth that develops a cavity. By removing the decaying portion of tooth enamel and replacing it with durable, restorative material, it’s possible to prevent further damage.
Receiving a dental filling is a quick, pain-free outpatient procedure. If your child experiences dental anxiety or has trouble sitting still, the team offers several types of sedation dentistry, including laughing gas.
At Brody Pediatric Dentistry, getting a dental filling takes one or two appointments:
Before recommending a filling, your child’s provider conducts an oral exam and orders a series of oral X-rays to assess the damage to their tooth. After gathering the necessary information, your child’s provider administers a local anesthetic (or sedation dentistry) and gently removes the decaying portion of their affected tooth.
Next, your child’s provider rinses their tooth with an antiseptic solution and fills the area with material with composite resin or glass ionomer. Once the filling dries, your child’s provider trims any excess material, polishes the tooth, and assesses their bite. Then, they provide care instructions.
If your child elects to get an amalgam filling, the team takes impressions of their tooth with an intraoral scanner and sends the impressions to a dental laboratory that creates a custom filling.
When the laboratory completes the amalgam filling, your child returns to Brody Pediatric Dentistry. Their provider administers a local anesthetic, bonds the amalgam filling to the top of their damaged tooth, and provides care instructions.
The length of time that it takes for a dental filling to set depends on the material used. Composite resin and glass ionomer fillings set immediately. Amalgam fillings set in about an hour, but full strength isn’t achieved until about 24 hours following their application.
After your child receives a dental filling, their tooth may feel somewhat sensitive for 24-48 hours. To relieve any discomfort, apply a bag of ice to their cheek or have them take over-the-counter pain medication.
Other steps you can take to limit pain or sensitivity include:
If your child’s tooth sensitivity lasts longer than a few days, contact the team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry right away.
To see if your child can benefit from dental fillings, make an appointment at Brody Pediatric Dentistry by calling the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool today.