Many children experience decay at some point during their young lives. At Bitesize Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to make the process of restoring your little one’s teeth as painless and stress-free as possible.
With early detection, often during routine dental exams and cleaning appointments, we can often identify and treat decay while it is still small. In some cases, the use of anesthetic may not even be necessary, especially for superficial decay.
Detecting and Diagnosing Dental Decay
We can often identify dental decay, also known as caries, with a visual exam or routine dental x-rays. Bitewing x-rays, usually taken once yearly, give us a clear picture of your child’s tooth.
Once we complete your child’s comprehensive exam, we will sit down with you, the parent, to discuss any dental conditions that require your attention. Decay does not heal or resolve on its own, so removing it and sealing your child’s tooth is the best way to protect their oral health.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, seal and protect your tooth once we remove decay and clean the area. Unlike silver amalgam fillings of the past, composite fillings allow us to retain and protect more of your child’s natural tooth structure. By protecting the integrity of the tooth, we can maintain stability more effectively.
Since composite comes in a wide variety of shades to match any natural tooth structure, your child’s fillings will blend in seamlessly with their smile.
Anesthetic and Nitrous Oxide
Your child’s comfort is extremely important to us! We always take every step necessary to ensure a pain-free and stress-free dental procedure. If necessary, we will anesthetize your child’s tooth before starting work. Because needles can cause discomfort, we use a topical anesthetic beforehand to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Psychological comfort is as important as physical comfort. If your child experiences anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide, a safe and mild sedative, to help them relax. Our team is experienced in the art of reducing fears, creating comfort, and gentle treatment. Combined with nitrous oxide, you can expect your child to have a positive experience, even when having a cavity filled!
Why Primary Teeth Are Important
Patients sometimes wonder why we go through extraordinary lengths to save primary teeth instead of extracting them in cases of deep decay. Primary teeth, also called baby teeth, provide guides for permanent teeth. Premature loss of primary teeth can cause misalignment and growth issues for your child’s permanent teeth.
We will always discuss the pros and cons of all treatment options so that you can make the best decision for your little one.
Contact Us for Your Child’s Next Dental Appointment
Dr. Raf and Dr. Rupin look forward to meeting you and to working together to protect your child’s oral health. Contact our Williamsburg, Brooklyn, dental office today to schedule.