Why restore baby teeth, they just fall out?
- Providing space for the permanent teeth
For all of these reasons it is important to restore these teeth. It is not uncommon to have children who do not grow properly because they are unable to eat due to pain from the teeth.
Baby teeth are very different to permanent teeth and there are very different approaches to managing problems that occur with them. The main problem with not treating cavities in the baby teeth is that they tend to become very large very quickly. This can lead to bad toothache, often requiring complicated procedures to keep them in the mouth or extraction in the worst cases. A child suffering with severe toothache is distressing for both parents and the dental staff.
Generally the front baby teeth are lost between the ages of 5-8 years. It is not until around 10-11 years that the baby molar teeth fall out. Restoring baby teeth is important for your child to grow up with a healthy mouth, and pain free.
Tooth decay is a bacterial disease and treating the cavities will reduce the total numbers of decay causing bacteria in the mouth. This is important to help reduce the risk of bacteria passing directly to newly erupted permanent teeth (for example the 6 year old molars) and starting decay there.
As a pediatric dentist Dr Kylie understands that decay in the baby teeth puts your child at risk of decay in the future. To help reduce this management of the current decay is essential combined with a thorough preventive program.