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Filling Specialist

Irene Zaki, DDS -  - General Dentist

Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry

Irene Zaki, DDS

General Dentist & Pediatric Dentist located in Riverside, CA

Childhood cavities are very common. At Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry in Riverside, California, experienced dentist Irene Zaki, DDS, and her team treat cavities with fillings to restore your child’s teeth and beautiful smile. Depending on the situation, a baby root canal or crown may be needed instead. At the first sign of tooth decay, book an appointment with Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry by phone or online to find out if your child needs a filling.

Filling Q&A

What is a filling?

A filling is a noninvasive dental restoration that repairs and fills cavities in children to prevent further tooth decay and serious oral health problems. Getting a filling is a common, routine dental procedure Dr. Zaki and her team offer at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry.

Is a filling right for my child?

To find out if your child has tooth decay or damage requiring a dental filling, the Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry team cleans their teeth, examines their mouth, and takes digital X-rays. Signs your child might need a filling include:

  • Tooth pain
  • A hole or pit in their tooth
  • Tooth discoloration

In the case of minor tooth damage or a small cavity, Dr. Zaki may recommend a filling. If your child’s cavity is more severe, they may need a crown to restore the tooth’s function and appearance and protect it from future damage.

What happens during filling placement?

When receiving a filling, your child lies down in a comfortable dental chair and can watch a movie if they’d like. Dr. Zaki cleans their teeth, removes decay, and fills the tooth with special dental materials that harden to form a filling. 

The procedure is fast and painless, with no downtime. Dr. Zaki can apply multiple fillings during one appointment.

How should my child care for their new filling?

After getting a filling at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry, help your child care for their teeth at home by:

  • Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing every day
  • Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limiting sugary drinks and sweets

Attend routine dental cleanings at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry every three to six months to help prevent tooth decay or treat it early before complications develop. Dr. Zaki and her team offer fluoride treatments and dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.

At the first sign of dental decay, book an appointment with Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry team to find out if a filing is right for your child.