Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease affecting kids in America? At Helotes Children’s Dentistry, we are proud to offer tooth-colored fillings for cavity repair with incredibly natural-looking results.

When Are Dental Fillings Necessary?

Kids of all ages, whether toddlers, teens, or adolescents, can develop tooth decay. During your child’s dental exam, we will conduct a visual examination and may use digital x-rays to uncover any underlying problems. If we detect areas of decay, the cavity will need repair using tooth fillings. If not treated, decay can lead to an infection, pain, or even tooth loss. We recommend that you schedule your child’s dental visit twice a year to allow us to catch tooth decay in the early stages while easiest to address.


Why Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as white fillings, are made from a composite resin material. They can be matched to the color and physical appearance of your child’s teeth, with aesthetic results. These natural fillings are recommended for tooth repair, especially in the visible areas. They can also be used on molars, as long as the fillings are relatively small. Tooth-colored fillings are durable, with the potential of lasting many years with proper care.


How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed in Teeth?

Before placing fillings, we will ensure that your child is comfortable. That may, at times, require the use of dental sedation. When your child is ready, we will numb the area using a local anesthetic, and then we will remove the decay and clean the site. We will place the tooth-colored filling and will use a curing light to bond it to the tooth surface. The last step is adjusting the restoration to allow your child to bite comfortably.


How To Take Care of Teeth with Dental Fillings

After having the tooth-colored fillings placed, kids need to maintain proper oral hygiene practices by brushing and flossing twice a day. This way, they can prevent decay from recurring and can keep their restorations in good shape.