Cavities & Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

CAVITIES

When Does A Tooth Develop A Hole?       

The reason for holes is ‘Dental Plaque': Plaque is a sticky material, which is formed by germs. The bacteria in the mouth makes acids. When plaque sticks to the teeth, the acids can damage the outermost layer of the tooth, which is called 'Enamel'.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)   
Early tooth decay is seen in very young children (typically under the age of 3 years) and causes devastating destruction of the teeth.
Cavities can be dangerous if UNTREATED, they can lead to Severe pain, Fever, Loss of function, Facial Abscess, which may require an urgent drainage.

Treatment options:
If the cavity is caught in time, usually a Filling will correct the problem. Larger cavities may require a Pulp Therapy, Root Canal Therapy followed by Stainless Steel Crown or in severe cases Extraction followed by Space maintainer and REGULAR FOLLOW UP is required.
If Dr. Pranjali discovers a 'hole' (cavity), she starts repairing it by removing the damaged part of the tooth with a special tool, a 'drill'. She then fills the hole in the tooth with a specific material, a 'filling'. Sometimes the procedure hurts a little, but our team can numb the area around the damaged tooth while your child is getting the filling. In any case, your child will feel safe and comfortable.
Yes, cavities can be repaired, BUT everybody should try to avoid them by taking care of their teeth.
Please teach your child:

  • To brush his/her teeth in a circular movement with fluoride toothpaste after every meal or at least twice a day. Especially bedtime is an important time to brush the teeth.
  • To gently brush gums to keep them healthy, too.
  • To rinse the mouth after each meal in order to remove food that is stuck between the teeth.

Please try to avoid sweets and sugary aerated beverages, like coke. They are called a LIQUID SAW! 
We will recommend you as to when to see your dentist and will plan a follow-up care according to your child’s caries risk.
Low caries risk: Once a year
Medium caries risk: Twice a year
High caries risk: Every 3 months