Even though children are using a set of teeth they will eventually lose, they still need to be healthy enough to survive until the adult teeth guide them out of the gums, which ensures that they will grow in the right places. Because of this, oral hygiene is important no matter how young the child may be. However, it can be hard to maintain strong oral hygiene at such a young age, so cavities do happen. And when they do, it is important to get them filled.
Though baby teeth aren’t permanent, they are the only teeth your child will have for several years, until the adult teeth come in. To preserve your child’s oral health, the dentist will opt to drill out the cavities in baby teeth and fill or crown them accordingly. The primary teeth help the adult teeth to come in properly, so losing primary teeth before they’re ready to come out isn’t good for your child’s permanent teeth.
However, sometimes your dentist will have no choice but to pull the baby tooth early. If the decay is so advanced it’s causing gum issues or pain for your child, removing it becomes the best option. Many dentists fill the gap where the extracted baby tooth was removed with a prosthetic to maintain the correct space for the adult tooth to come in.
If you’re anxious about your child’s first filling, we hope that we can put you at ease. We develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your child, with an aim to preserve the baby teeth until the adult teeth come in. The most important thing you can do as a parent is to keep teaching your kids about proper oral hygiene and continue scheduling regular professional teeth cleanings to minimize fillings and more invasive care.
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentisry
1600 W University Ave #113