Not just for permanent teeth, even baby (primary) teeth sometimes need fillings. Primary teeth play a critical part in your child’s development, affecting their ability to:
- Chew food
- Develop strong jaw muscles and use of tongue
- Speak properly
- Maintain proper spacing for permanent teeth
When a tooth is cracked, disfigured or decayed, a composite (white) filling may be used to restore the tooth. This can help to prevent more extensive breakage in the tooth that would result in the tooth needing a crown. Composite fillings are tooth colored and can be closely matched to the existing tooth color, especially important in more visible areas of the mouth. These fillings are very durable and should last many years, but fillings in permanent teeth will most likely eventually need replacing. Good oral hygiene and regular visits will help fillings last longer and help your child enjoy a pain-free, healthy mouth.