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How Do Dentists Fix Cavities in Children?

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Fariba Mutschler
How Do Dentists Fix Cavities in Children?Although baby teeth eventually fall out and get replaced by adult teeth, it is imperative to take care of them. Sometimes, children get cavities even if they adhere to good oral hygiene practices.

Cavity care for children is similar to that of adults. Here are four techniques a dentist may use to get rid of cavities in children:

Tooth Filling

If the cavity is small, the dentist may consider repairing the tooth with a dental filling. First, the decayed part is removed by drilling. After that a tooth-colored resin is used to fill the hollow space inside the tooth.


When a tooth cavity is large enough to cause irritation to the tooth pulp or penetrate the tooth, your child may need to undergo a pulpotomy. In such a case, the dentist will remove the decayed tooth tissue and then remove the pulp inside the tooth.

A stainless steel crown is usually placed over the tooth to revive its natural strength. A pulpotomy performed on a milk tooth is akin to a root canal, except that the roots are left intact.

Dental Crown

A dental crown may be required if a cavity is too large to be treated by a filling. A crown is like a tooth covering that repairs the tooth to achieve a natural look and strength. The decayed part of the tooth along with some enamel is removed to ensure that the crown can fit naturally on your child's tooth.


At times, there may be no choice but to extract your child's tooth early. If tooth decay is causing toothache or gum disease, it becomes necessary to pull out the tooth. Many dentists fix prosthetics in the socket to maintain the right amount of space for adult teeth to sprout.

Preserving tooth health is important, even for baby teeth. At _, we are dedicated to helping children maintain healthy milk teeth. If your child is complaining of a toothache, schedule an appointment by calling us at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland by calling us at (971) 470-0054 today.
My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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