Dental Fillings Specialist

Claudia Rodriguez, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentistry

Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry

Claudia Rodriguez, DDS

Pediatric Dentistry located in Hollywood, FL

Almost 43% of all children in the United States have experienced a cavity at least once during their childhood. At Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, Claudia Rodriguez, DDS, and her team offer pediatric dental care to children and teenagers living in or around Hollywood, Florida. To learn more about fillings and crowns, call or click online today to book an appointment.

Dental Fillings Q & A

What is a cavity? 

Cavities occur when tooth enamel has softened so much that a hole develops on the tooth’s surface. In those moments, foods and bacteria can accumulate, causing damage and decay along the way. 

The team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry recommends dental fillings or dental crowns based on the severity of your child’s cavity. The more severe the decay, the more likely your child is to need a dental crown to repair the damage. 

What are the symptoms of a cavity? 

If your child has a cavity, they may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Continuous toothache
  • Holes and pits in your teeth
  • Sensitivity to heat/cold

Call the team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment if your child has experienced any of the above. 

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling is a treatment that addresses tooth decay, cavities, and tooth damage. The team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry uses dental fillings as a hyper-effective way of restoring your child’s tooth function, integrity, and overall health. 

How is a filling applied? 

When your child comes in for an appointment at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, your dentist starts by removing any decay in the affected area, cleaning out the treatment area with specialized tools. 

The team offers composite resin, porcelain, and amalgam dental filling options. The type of filling you choose depends on: 

  • Tooth function
  • Your financial means
  • Cavity location
  • Decay 
  • Your child’s allergies to various substances

Composite resins are typically made to last up to 10 years and mimic the color of your tooth — so you won’t be able to tell where the original cavity was. 

Amalgam fillings are typically made from a mix of metals. These types of fillings are cheap but highly visible. 

Finally, porcelain fillings are custom-made and bonded to the teeth. Like composite resin fillings, porcelain fillings are much more resistant to stains in the long run. 

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown refers to a prosthetic that your dentist uses to cover damage or replace a missing tooth. 

If your child’s cavity is severe, the team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry can recommend a crown to restore their chewing abilities and smile. 

How is a dental crown placed?

Before placing the crown, the team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry determines which material to use. Depending on your child’s health, tooth location, and budget, your dentist can recommend any of the following materials for your child’s crown: 

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Resin
  • Stainless steel
  • Metal (gold or alloy)

Once you have discussed the material with your dentist, they remove all decay and use specialized tools to prepare your child’s natural tooth for replacement. 

Your dentist then takes an impression of your child’s tooth to create a personalized crown to replace it. They may place a temporary crown to protect the affected area until the final one is ready. When that is the case, they place the permanent crown. 

If your child has noticed damage, decay, or is experiencing cavity symptoms, get in touch with Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry to protect their teeth in the long run. Book an appointment by phone or online today.