When decay begins in a tooth, it can create a cavity that needs to be filled. Many people disregard the need for fillings in primary teeth. If they are going to fall out anyway, why bother taking care of them? Taking care of your children’s primary teeth and making sure that all cavities are filled in order to stop the spread of decay is crucial for two main reasons:
- The adult teeth are nestled underneath the primary teeth. If decay is allowed to continue to spread in a primary tooth, it can eventually reach the adult teeth underneath.
- When primary teeth are lost before adult teeth have the chance to erupt, the other teeth end up moving out of alignment, and the adult teeth underneath will begin to erupt crooked.
Using dental fillings to make sure decay does not spread is a simple and small way of avoiding larger and more costly dental issues in the future. Unfortunately, primary teeth have weaker and thinner enamel, so they are more prone to cavities—especially if your little one has a sweet tooth!
The pediatric dentist at the Orthodontics and Dentistry for Kids often recommend composite resin or tooth color fillings. These fillings are generally strong and resistant to the daily pressures that a tooth may be subjected to, making it an ideal material for this purpose.