If you’re a parent who has found out that your child needed to have a tooth crowned, the first thing that pops into your head is probably “but it’s a baby tooth – can’t we just have it pulled?” After all, that baby tooth is eventually going to fall out anyway, right? Yes – it will. But there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your child’s smile healthy before reverting to removing the problematic tooth.
#1 – Your Child’s Tooth is a Placeholder
Primary teeth play a vital role in the eruption patterns of the permanent teeth below them. If the tooth is lost too early (i.e. pulled,) then the other teeth will drift into its place. This jeopardizes the direction that the lower teeth erupt, and can block (impact) the permanent tooth that was set to come in at that specific location. Fast-forward a few years later, and your child needs extensive orthodontic treatment.
#2 – Even if it Doesn’t Hurt, That Cavity Can Spread
Putting a crown off can allow the active infection to continue to progress and spread deeper into the tooth, as well as neighboring teeth. The infection may be completely asymptomatic! Unfortunately this puts your child at a risk for an infected permanent tooth below the primary one, and even an abscess that could result in hospitalization.
To help prevent your child from needing a crown, schedule routine check-ups every 6 months. This way cavities can be diagnosed at earlier stages, so that only a small filling is needed. If a crown is a necessity – it’s best to act fast for the comfort of your child and the future of their oral health.
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Prime Dental Care
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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