Welcome to Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry, where we prioritize your child’s dental health and comfort. Led by Dr. Chelsea Zamudio, we’re excited to introduce metal-free fillings, a safer and more natural-looking alternative to traditional metal fillings. We provide our young patients with long-lasting treatments while minimizing any potential risks associated with metal fillings.
Going Metal-Free: The Benefits Of Composite Fillings
Metal-free fillings, also known as composite fillings, are made of a mixture of tooth-colored materials such as ceramic and composite resin. These fillings are a popular alternative to traditional metal fillings, made of an amalgam of various metals, including silver, tin, and mercury. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, and their color can be matched to the surrounding teeth. Moreover, they do not contain any potentially harmful mercury or other metals.
Why Your Child May Need Fillings
Dental fillings are a common restorative treatment used to repair teeth damaged by decay or trauma. Children are susceptible to dental cavities due to their love for sweets and sometimes inadequate oral hygiene practices. Without proper dental care, cavities can progress and lead to pain, tooth sensitivity, and even infection. Dental fillings are a minimally invasive solution that can restore the tooth’s function and prevent further damage. Early detection and treatment of cavities can help your child maintain healthy teeth.
Advantages of Metal-Free Fillings:
- Natural-looking appearance
- Can be matched to the color of surrounding teeth
- Do not contain any potentially harmful mercury or metals
- Provide an excellent bond with the tooth structure
- Minimally invasive and require less removal of tooth structure
- Can be placed in one visit
- Typically less sensitive to hot and cold temperatures than metal fillings
- Can be repaired or replaced if damaged
- Durable and long-lasting, with a lifespan of up to 10 years or more
- Can improve the overall health and function of the tooth
What Happens After Metal-Free Fillings?
After your child’s metal-free filling session, they may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, which is normal and typically subsides within a few days. You can offer over-the-counter pain relief medication if necessary. To maintain the longevity of the filling, your child should avoid chewing on hard foods and candies, which can damage the filling. Encourage your child to brush and floss daily and schedule regular checkups to ensure the filling is in good condition.
How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?
Composite fillings typically last up to 10 years or more with proper care. The lifespan of the filling may vary depending on factors such as the size and location of the filling, the patient’s oral hygiene habits, and the general wear and tear on the tooth. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can ensure the filling is in good condition and extend its longevity.
Why Choose Sweet Tooth?
Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care for children in a warm and friendly environment. Our team is committed to ensuring your child’s comfort and safety while delivering high-quality dental treatments. Led by Dr. Chelsea Zamudio, our clinic proudly offers metal-free fillings as a safer and more natural-looking alternative to traditional metal fillings. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help your child maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.