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Mar
13

Crowns: Why Restore A Baby Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

If you’ve just discovered that your child has a tooth that needs a crown, you may be wondering why it should be restored. After all, isn’t it just going to come out eventually, anyways?

Aren’t Baby Teeth Temporary?

Children typically lose their first baby tooth around the age of 5 or 6. They continue to gradually lose their baby teeth until they at last lose their back molars, somewhere around the age of 12. Even though baby teeth aren’t permanent, they’re still going to be with your child for quite a while. During that time, there are many reasons to encourage maintaining a healthy, functional smile for your child:

  • Baby teeth act as placeholders that reserve a spot for the new permanent tooth and help guide it into place, when it erupts. It’s not a good idea to prematurely pull a baby tooth as an alternative to restoring it.
  • Your child’s smile will affect their growing self esteem. Restoring your child’s tooth will also restore his confident smile.
  • A healthy smile isn’t just about being aesthetically pleasing, it’s also about maintaining proper function for eating and speaking. A crown strengthens and restores the decaying tooth, so that it can continue to function as it should.
  • If left untreated, a baby tooth can negatively affect the development of the permanent tooth that will eventually take its place.
  • Unchecked tooth decay can turn into infection and an abscess, causing intense pain. Also, untreated decay often leads to more extensive, invasive and expensive treatments later down the road. Perhaps even hospitalization.

It’s important to properly care for and maintain baby teeth. They’re there for a reason! Speak to your dentist today about how to help your child maintain healthy, beautiful teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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