A child’s teeth can decay much more quickly and easily than permanent (adult) teeth do. As a parent, it's important to be vigilant about your child's oral health. But even with regular brushing and flossing, cavities can still occur. Our Cincinnati pediatric dental fillings can help prevent early tooth loss, dental emergencies, and abscesses from happening.
If your child complains of a toothache or you notice discoloration in their tooth, they may have a cavity. However, many cavities lurk between teeth or deep under the chewing surfaces, where they aren’t visible to the naked eye.
At Westside Pediatric Dentistry in Cincinnati, we use digital imaging to screen for small cavities in hard-to-see spaces so that we can intercept them early. We offer dental fillings to help treat cavities and prevent further damage to your child's teeth, often eliminating the need for a crown, pulpotomy, or emergency extraction.
Cavities are caused by bacteria and acid, which erode the tooth's enamel. Without proper treatment, the cavity can expand and eventually penetrate the tooth’s nerve, causing painful abscesses and requiring more invasive treatment. Left untreated, the cavity can spread to adjacent teeth or cause premature tooth loss (leading to numerous orthodontic issues.)
It's important to address cavities as soon as possible to prevent further damage. That’s why we offer small fillings to repair tooth decay as soon as it’s spotted.
During a filling appointment, our skilled pediatric dentist in Cincinnati Ohio, Dr. Petr Vaughan, will first numb the area around the tooth to ensure your child is comfortable. Next, he will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the area with durable material, such as composite resin. The material is carefully shaped to match the shape of the tooth and to restore proper function.
At Westside Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that some children may be more anxious or unable to sit through basic dental visits. That's why we offer sedation options, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation, to help your child relax and feel more comfortable during the procedure.
If you suspect your child has a cavity, don't wait to seek treatment. Oftentimes, cavities never hurt until the infection becomes severe. Contact Westside Pediatric Dentistry in Cincinnati; we’re dedicated to providing gentle, compassionate care that promotes better oral health for your child.