How will I know if my child has a cavity?
If your child starts mentioning that a particular tooth is hurting or you notice a black or brown spot on one of their teeth, that can indicate that tooth decay is present. However, small cavities typically don’t have any noticeable symptoms at all, which is why regular dental appointments are important. Not only will we be able to diagnose the tooth decay right away, but we can also offer treatment when the cavity is still small and the decay has not had a chance to spread.
How can I help my child avoid cavities?
Preventive dental services like routine teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants are excellent for preventing tooth decay. Establishing great dental habits at home is also crucial for children to maintain positive oral health. Cutting down on sugary drinks and snacks is beneficial as well. Of course, tooth decay cannot always be prevented no matter how hard we try, and our judgment-free team is happy to help patients who develop cavities.
What is aftercare like for a pediatric filling?
After your child is done with their appointment, they should wait until the numbness in their mouth wears off before attempting to eat anything to avoid accidentally biting their tongue. If they experience any discomfort or soreness in their teeth or gums, an over-the-counter pain medication should be enough to take care of any pain. They may feel a little worn out after their visit, but after a few hours, most patients feel almost completely back to normal.
Are dental fillings covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans for children cover all or most of the cost of a pediatric dental filling, as do Medicaid plans. This is because fillings are a necessary treatment, and if they’re not performed promptly, a more costly treatment like a root canal could become necessary. Our team understands that any unexpected dental costs can be stressful, which is why we do our best to work with our patients and provide them with a variety of financing options.Learn More