“Your child has a cavity.”
Not many parents want to hear those words, especially if their child has dental anxiety.
Last summer, I saw a three year old child who needed to have a filling on one of his upper molars.
The only reason he sat still in the chair long enough for us to remove the decay and get a filling put in was because we told him we were going to give him a yellow colored filling.
He loved tractors, and wanted it to be yellow like his toy tractor. When he was all done, we took a picture of it and gave it to him so he could show his friends and family.
I’ve found that giving children a colored filling (along with some other things we do to make the comfortable), helps them to sit in the dental chair and get their needed dental work completed.
Colored fillings are made of the same composite materials as tooth-colored fillings, they simply have more exciting coloring added to them.
At our office, we have five colors to choose from: blue, green, yellow, orange, and pink.
To the right, you can see how the pink filling looks on a tooth – it’s what most of the girls end up choosing. That filling, as well as the green one above, was placed to fill in a cavity that formed between the teeth, which is one of the more common places you can get a cavity.
While we can do a colored filling to repair most cavities in baby teeth, nobody has had us do one on a front tooth yet!