Valleau and VanDeven Dentistry for Children
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Do children's cavities need to be filled?

Although primary teeth eventually make way for permanent adult teeth, they play an essential role in your child’s health. As soon as your dentist finds a cavity in your child’s mouth, we will likely recommend filling it to avoid future problems.

Leaving a dental issue for too long can be dangerous for your child’s overall wellness, including cavities. Cavities can be painful and uncomfortable, and they can also spread and affect other areas of the tooth or surrounding teeth. Certain dental issues can also affect your child’s self-esteem. 

What to Expect During Your Child’s Dental Filling 

A dental filling is a fast and easy treatment for cavities and ultimately protects your child’s growing smile and prevents further decay. First, we will ensure your child is comfortable and relaxed before working on their mouth. Next, we will gently and thoroughly remove the decayed area of the tooth and fill the hole with quick-drying material. We then clean and polish the tooth, so it looks as good as new. 

Avoiding treatment for your child’s cavity can result in more costly treatment in the future. In the event your child’s tooth must be removed––which is always a last resort to protect their oral health––we will need to place a space maintainer to promote the proper growth of their adult teeth.

Though baby teeth eventually fall out, their health is vital to the growth and development of your child’s permanent teeth. In addition to fillings, we offer fluoride and sealants for cavity protection. 

Cavity Fillings in Grand Rapids and Rockford, MI 

Does your child have a cavity? Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our friendly and gentle pediatric dentists! At Valleau and VanDeven Dentistry for Children, we offer preventive dental care––such as quick and comfortable treatment for tooth decay––so your child can enjoy a healthier, happier smile.

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