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Tooth-Colored Fillings for Kids – Hoover, AL

Easy, Child-Friendly Cavity Repair

Even if you diligently bring your little one to their dental checkups and cleanings every six months, there’s still a chance that they’ll develop cavities, especially if they consume a lot of sugar or aren’t the best at brushing and flossing yet. Fortunately, Dr. Marc Moulton, a children’s dentist in Hoover, AL, can prevent your child’s decayed tooth form worsening without drawing attention to it. Here at Moulton Dentistry, we use tooth-colored fillings for kids because they seamlessly blend in with your child’s smile. For more information on how tooth-colored fillings can benefit your little one’s smile and oral health, give us a call today!

Why Choose Moulton Dentistry for Tooth-Colored Fillings for Kids?

  • Accommodates Your Busy Schedule
  • Warm and Welcoming Office Environment
  • Treatment Personalized for Each Patient

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

little girl receiving tooth-colored fillings in Hoover

While fillings in the past used to be made of metal, today’s tooth-colored fillings are comprised of a putty-like substance called composite resin. This mixture of glass and plastic particles can be customized to blend in with your child’s enamel. No longer will a noticeable piece of metal broadcast the area where your son or daughter once had tooth decay. Additionally, composite resin contains zero mercury, making it ultimately safer for your little one’s health.

How the Procedure Works  

little boy smiling in dental chair

Before we even begin treatment, Dr. Moulton and the rest of our team will make sure your child is comfortable in the dental chair. We have all undergone special training when it comes to soothing kids’ dental anxieties. Once your little one is comfortable, we begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb that area of their mouth. Using a shade guide, we then select the shade of composite resin that will best blend in with their smile. After removing the decayed portion and lightly etching the tooth, we apply the resin layer by layer until the cavity is filled and the tooth has reached the ideal size and shape. Next, we make sure the filling fits within your child’s bite. Lastly, we polish the tooth and send your little one out into the world to enjoy their new and improved smile!

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings for Kids

little girl sitting in dental chair and pointing to her teeth

There are a multitude of reasons why we recommend tooth-colored fillings for kids instead of metal ones. One reason is that composite fillings are much safer. Metal fillings tend to expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold foods and drinks. This can lead to tooth sensitivity as well as painful chips or cracks in the enamel. In addition, metal fillings often contain trace amounts of mercury. Even though the American Dental Association has claimed that the amount of mercury in these fillings is safe, many parents don’t want to take that risk. Furthermore, composite resin forms a direct bond with the enamel, creating a tight seal that bacteria have a hard time penetrating. This greatly reduces the chance of getting cavities in the future. Finally, composite tooth fillings in Hoover don’t leave a noticeable gray spot in your little one’s smile like metal fillings do. Instead, they create a more cosmetically pleasing appearance.