Depending on the results of your child’s oral exam, teeth cleaning and x-rays, he or she may require treatment such as fillings, tooth extractions, crowns or other procedures. The dentists at Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics provide one-stop care to meet all of your child’s dental needs in one of our Albuquerque, New Mexico offices.
Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics provides safe, non-toxic dental fillings for kids. Left untreated, oral cavities will worsen, leading to gum disease and tooth loss. If your child has a cavity, bring them to one of our caring dentists, who will provide fillings for the affected teeth and ensure your child has a healthy smile for years to come.
Cavities in children are quite common for a number of reasons. Children often lack the skills to maintain oral hygiene independently until they are around six years of age. Additionally, they are more likely to eat candy and sugary drinks that cause oral cavities. Thumb-sucking also creates oral health problems.
Statistics show that 41% of children aged 2 to 11 had tooth decay in their baby teeth, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Lower-income families saw more tooth decay than those with higher incomes, and about 35% of 3rd grade children in New Mexico have untreated tooth decay.
The composite material we use tries to match the tooth color, creating kids who aren’t self conscious about how their fillings look. Unless directly requested, we don’t use mercury-based silver fillings. Today’s dental fillings for kids are made out of durable glass and resin materials that match the teeth. With recent advances in oral health, composite fillings are considered to be just as strong as silver amalgam fillings.
When tooth decay is advanced, your child may require a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction—or pulling the tooth—is something our dentists may recommend after the options of receiving fillings and/or crowns has been explored.
When it comes to fillings for teeth, Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics is one of the most-referred dental offices in Albuquerque, NM. We treat children ages 9 months to 18 years, making us your family’s dental home from infancy to adolescence. To schedule an appointment with one of our children’s dentists or pedodontists, contact us today.