When the teeth need a little extra support, fillings are available. Smile Studio Kids is proud to offer dental fillings and other pediatric dental services to residents of Fairburn, Atlanta, and the nearby areas of Georgia.
What is a Filling?
Fillings are used to seal cavities or little holes in the teeth caused by excess tooth decay or damage. Fillings may also be used to repair broken or cracked teeth. This simple procedure prevents decay bacteria from spreading further into your tooth and possibly infecting the root canal.
The first step in placing a dental filling is making sure the patient is comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Some cavities are small enough that local anesthesia is not required. Should numbing be required, the dentist will administer local anesthesia. Once numb, the dentist will remove the portion of the tooth that was damaged by decay. Tooth colored fillings are available.
What’s the Difference Between a Crown and a Filling?
A dental crown and dental filling oftentimes get confused for one another, but they are not interchangeable. A dental filling may be a good option for patients who have some damage to the tooth, but the majority of the tooth is still intact. A crown, on the other hand, is always necessary if the integrity of the tooth is compromised by a cavity or excess tooth decay.
If you are considering pediatric dentistry at Smile Studio Kids, contact us today to schedule an appointment.