Why Does My Child Need Fillings on their Baby Teeth?
Once a cavity begins it generally grows deeper with time. If seen early the cavity can be removed and restored with a simple filling. If not seen early the cavity can progress deeper and eventually get into the nerve and blood vessels of the tooth. Once this occurs the tooth requires having a portion of the nerve removed and then a crown placed on the tooth. Occasionally a tooth can become infected and cause pain, facial swelling, or even an abscess. This is why we fix cavities in baby teeth. We don’t want to see your child in pain or having facial swelling and we know you don’t want to either. If the cavities are in teeth that close to calling though, we usually do not fix those since they will be falling out soon anyway.
Get Your Child’s Cavity Filled at Granger Pediatric Dentistry
All fillings that are completed in our office will be with composite material, more commonly referred to as white or tooth-colored fillings. Some insurances may cover composite fillings and some may “downgrade” them, meaning they will only pay for the amalgam filling (or the silver fillings) and the patient may have a higher co-payment if a composite filling is completed. All insurance plans are different, therefore we recommend you contact your insurance to find out if your plan covers composite or if they downgrade and pay based on the amalgam fees.