What do I do if my child has a cavity?
If you suspect your child has a cavity, you should contact our office immediately to set up an appointment. In the meantime, reduce high-sugar drinks like juice and soda, limit candy and other junk food, and keep the suspect area as clean as possible until the tooth can be evaluated by a dentist. If the tooth is causing any pain with eating or sleeping, please notify us about that when you call.
When you bring your child in, we will examine the area to determine whether or not it is a cavity. An x-ray might also be recommended. It if is decay, we will review treatment options, even if the cavity is in a baby tooth. A baby tooth cavity that is left with an untreated cavity runs the risk of spreading into the bone and gum, and it can even impact the adult tooth below it.
The dental process for kids is very similar to the way it works for adults. After the tooth is numbed, Dr. Christina will gently remove the decayed portion of the tooth, then sterilize the area. She will fill the spot with a tooth-colored composite to keep the decay from spreading. If the decay has already spread into the nerve chamber, the infected nerve will be cleaned, medicine placed, and the tooth covered with a silver crown. Sometimes cavities are too deep to be cleaned and saved, and an extraction could be recommended.
Dr. Christina has a way with children that helps them stay comfortable during the entire procedure.
You can also talk to us about silver diamine fluoride as a treatment for cavities.