Protect Your Child’s Long-Term Oral Health with a Tooth-Colored Filling


Illustration of an amalgam filling next to a tooth-colored fillingChildren's Dental of Waltham has been providing trusted pediatric dentistry for over a decade, and we can help repair and prevent further decay in your child's smile by placing a tooth-colored filling at our Waltham, MA, office. CCompared to amalgam and other metal fillings, this type of restoration can provide both cosmetic and functional advantages. Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, a safe and durable combination of plastic and ceramic that is matched to blend with the natural shade of your child’s tooth. Once in place, this material can restore the structural integrity of a tooth, while also blending flawlessly with your child’s smile.

What is Tooth Decay?

Dental caries commonly known as tooth decay is one of the most common oral health conditions among children in the United States. When plaque and tartar accumulate on the tooth’s surface, it will produce acids that eat away and deteriorate enamel. This decay is what causes cavities to develop. The most common cause of unhealthy bacteria includes eating foods that are starchy, sugary, and high in carbohydrates. Because these types of foods can remain on teeth long after eating, the acids formed can weaken and damage teeth.

If tooth decay is left untreated, it can lead to serious problems such as toothache, tooth loss, and extensive dental damage. While these conditions can be avoided with healthy oral hygiene habits and routine cleanings and checkups, dental fillings are a conservative procedure to help rebuild your child's smile and prevent further damage once decay has developed. Protecting your child’s baby teeth can ensure the long-term health of their adult teeth.

What to Expect During the Tooth-Colored Filling Procedure

If mild to moderate tooth decay are detected during your child’s examination, our team can provide a simple and effective tooth-colored filling. Depending on your child’s level of dental anxiety, a variety of pediatric sedations, such as nitrous oxide or general sedation are available to ensure comfort and peace of mind for both you and your child.

If mild to moderate tooth decay are detected during your child’s examination, our team can provide a simple and effective tooth-colored filling. Depending on your child’s level of dental anxiety, a variety of pediatric sedation, such as nitrous oxide or general sedation are available to ensure comfort and peace of mind for both you and your child.

Once your child is ready, One of our doctors may numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic to ensure optimal comfort throughout the procedure. Using special instrumentation, we will remove the affected part of the tooth structure and thoroughly disinfect the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, the doctor will begin delicately applying the material in layers, using a curing light to harden it in place for optimum durability.

During the final step, we will remove any excess resin, check your child’s bite for proper occlusion, and polish the tooth to reveal a natural appearance and restored smile. In most cases, the procedure will take less than an hour, depending on the amount of decay.

With tooth-colored fillings, our doctors can preserve more of the enamel for more comfortable treatment and recovery. 

Long-Term Benefits

Protecting your child’s smile with a tooth-colored filling provides many benefits, including:

  • Prevents further decay from occurring
  • Protects your child’s long-term oral health
  • Restores dental function
  • Provides natural-looking aesthetics

In addition, tooth-colored fillings offer several unique advantages over traditional amalgam restorations. The composite resin will bond directly to the natural tooth structure, providing extra strength and support for damaged teeth. This bond also ensures that the material does not need to be held in place by the shape of the tooth. With tooth-colored fillings, our doctors can preserve more of the enamel for more comfortable treatment and recovery. Composite resin also does not react to hot or cold, creating less sensitivity and possible damage than amalgam restorations.

Improve Your Child’s Smile

If you think your child is suffering from a toothache, they may be dealing with the beginning stages of tooth decay. Contact our office online or reach out today by calling (781) 899-7070 to schedule an examination with our experienced team.