Baby teeth might not seem worth the worry since ‘they’re going to fall out, anyway.’
But besides causing pain, a cavity in a baby tooth can permanently damage the incoming adult tooth. If you notice a suspicious looking spot on your child’s tooth, you’ll need to have it examined by a dentist.
Here are the most common options for treating decay in baby teeth:
Kids can get fillings the same as adults do. Baby teeth may need a filling to stop and repair cavities if the teeth won’t fall out for several months or more.
Stainless Steel Dental Crowns
These are common for treating large cavities in baby teeth. The decay is cleaned out and the tooth reinforced with a prefabricated metal crown. This procedure is fast and the results long-lasting.
Sometimes, a little spot of early decay sets in on a tooth that will fall out within the next month or two. There’s no point treating a tooth if it will come out before the cavity can cause problems.
However, it’s up to your dentist to make the call as to whether or not a cavity should be left untreated. A trained dental professional will have a good idea as to how much longer the tooth will be in the mouth.
If the tooth is very close to falling out on schedule, the dentist may even recommend pulling it right there and then. But this, too, should be an option decided at the dentist’s discretion. Pulling baby teeth too soon can cause alignment issues in the adult teeth.
Talk with your pediatric dentist about treatment options for restoring your child’s smile.
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