Do Cavities in Baby Teeth Need Fillings?
Usually, the answer is yes, even though the baby tooth will eventually fall out. A cavity in a baby tooth can cause pain, infection, space loss, and can lead to decay in other teeth. An infected baby tooth can affect the formation of the still-forming permanent tooth and even can spread to other parts of the face, head, and neck.
Our dentist is often able to complete fillings on baby teeth without numbing the tooth (meaning no injection). If the filling requires the tooth to be numb, a topical anesthetic will be gently rubbed into the gums. Next, our children’s dentist will put the tooth to sleep; usually, they are able to complete this with only slight discomfort and sometimes without the child realizing they have received an injection. After that, the area of decay will be removed. Finally, a white filling material is placed and polished.
White Filling Aftercare
The discomfort after fillings is minimal to none. If a child has received a local anesthetic injection then it is important to monitor the child to ensure they do not bite or chew on their lip or cheek. The child is able to return to school and eat following the appointment (as long as they are wary of biting their lip or cheek).