Why Should Primary Teeth Be Filled?
Primary teeth have multiple functions, including preparing the space for the permanent dentition. But their enamel is much thinner, which makes it more prone to develop cavities. Since some primary teeth may remain in place until the age of 12 years old, dental filling is inevitable if the tooth is cracked or infected.
Filling is a solution that is both simple and inexpensive to treat tooth decay. It prevents the risk of having a very painful oral condition that could lead to very costly care, such as a tooth extraction. It also avoids unpleasant social situations.
How to fill a tooth
- The dentist removes the decay using an instrument dedicated to this purpose.
- The dentist fills the space with a sealing material made of metal, plastic or other.
How to prevent dental decay in a child
- See your dentist as soon as your child is old enough to stay relatively still, between 2 and 4 years old.
- Make sure you instill your child the basics of a good dental hygiene at an early age.
- Adopt healthy eating habits
Your child’s first tooth has already erupted? Do not hesitate to contact us for advice.