Parents are usually shocked when they’re told that their children’s baby teeth need fillings. They often assume that baby teeth won’t need fillings because they’re destined to fall off, anyway. However, just because a baby tooth is destined to fall off doesn’t make it useless. There are several reasons to ensure a baby tooth’s well-being, and failure to do so can affect your child’s long-term dental health.
What are fillings?
Fillings are dental components that seal a small hole or crack in the tooth. They can also seal cracks caused by injuries, but they’re usually used to seal cavities caused by bacterial decay. Fillings restore the affected tooth’s health and prevent the bacteria-induced infection from spreading deeper into the tooth. If left untreated, the infection would spread into the root canal, necessitating a more complex root canal treatment or even an extraction.
What are the types of fillings?
- Metal Fillings: Silver-amalgam and cast-gold are the most effective metallic fillings. They’re extremely durable, but they’re also highly visible, making it obvious that the child has fillings.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings: Composite resin, porcelain, and glass ionomer are the most effective materials for tooth-colored fillings. These materials aren’t as strong and durable as metal fillings. But they can be designed to resemble the exact shade of the surrounding teeth, making them virtually invisible.