Your child may need a dental filling if he or she has cavities. Though some cavities are obvious and cause pain, many are not visible to eye and asymptomatic. That is why all children should visit a pediatric dentist twice yearly for a professional dental exam. Regular exams can identify tooth decay in earliest phases, when it is most easily treated.
Tooth colored fillings are used to restore front or back teeth or where cosmetic appearance is important. Composites are used to repair fractured teeth and/or areas of decay. The shade of the composite restorative material is matched as closely as possible to the color of the natural teeth.
Composite fillings are very strong and capable of withstanding normal wear and tear in children. Most tooth-colored fillings will last many years so long as children brush twice daily, floss once per day, adopt healthy dietary habits and visit a pediatric dentist regularly for exams.