IN KEENE, NH
Not just for permanent teeth, even baby (primary) teeth sometimes need fillings. Primary teeth play a critical part in your child’s development, affecting their ability to:
- Chew food
- Develop strong jaw muscles and use of the tongue
- Speak properly
- Maintain proper spacing for permanent teeth
When a tooth is cracked, disfigured or decayed, a composite (white) filling may be used to restore the tooth to prevent more extensive breakage needing a crown or to keep a primary tooth in place until the permanent tooth erupts. Composite fillings are tooth colored and can be closely matched to the existing tooth color, especially important in more visible areas of the mouth. These fillings are very durable and should last many years, but fillings in permanent teeth will most likely eventually need replacing. Good oral hygiene and regular visits will help fillings last longer and help you enjoy a pain-free, healthy mouth.
HERE'S WHAT THE DOC SAYS...
Fillings may be necessary if a tooth exhibits more decay than can be remedied by less invasive treatment options. It is important to keep the tooth functioning even if it is a baby tooth to ensure a healthy diet and healthy development. I first discuss all options with the family, then we work together to create the right game plan for their child, and finally I involve them in the treatment room to make sure the procedure is easy and as stress free as possible for the child.