Every baby tooth will eventually fall out and permanent teeth will take their place. But that is not a justification for letting decay set in! On the contrary, since decay on a primary tooth can lead to problems with chewing, to infection, to an overall deterioration of the child’s health, and even to future dental malformations…
At the David and Cloutier dental office we use a gentle approach when performing the diagnostic of tooth decay, especially in the case of an infant, taking care not to scare the child.
We use a variety of techniques that are adapted to every age so that the fear of the dentist will never come to your child’s mind. Here are some answers to common questions, and do not hesitate to talk to us if the slightest doubt comes up…
The dentist and the child in 6 articles
Why get a primary tooth filled, since it will eventually fall off anyway?
Dr. Suzanne David and Dr. Marc Cloutier answer this question for you :
Some primary teeth will remain in the mouth of your child up until the age of 12. A decayed primary tooth is at risk of a fracture and may even become infected. Infected primary teeth can adversely affect health and hinder the development of a permanent replacement tooth.
In order to look after a cavity on a primary tooth, the dentist at your Clinic will first treat the dental caries and then perform an amalgam filling on the tooth using composite resin or glass ionomer. A tooth filling on a primary tooth is an easy and economical way of treating dental caries that could dig further into the tooth and cause more severe problems.
If no filling is performed and the decay expands, it could become necessary to prematurely extract the primary tooth. In such a case, your child might require the use of a spacer in order to leave enough space for the permanent tooth to grow.
Indeed, when a primary tooth (milk tooth) falls off or is extracted prematurely, the neighbouring teeth can take its place and thus prevent the permanent tooth from growing. The mere extraction of primary teeth at the wrong time may thus entail important orthodontic consequences.
When the teeth start erupting through the child’s gum, it is then a very painful time for the child, and it is easy to understand why this is so. There are nevertheless simple gestures to adopt to ease the pain and, most importantly, there are gestures that must be avoided in that situation. When it comes to pain, a lot of emphasis is put on the teeth themselves, while the gums also play an important role because it they are the cement that holds the teeth in place. If the gum is not properly maintained, gingivitis may result. Read more on this subject in the article that covers the eruption of the primary teeth.
Marc Cloutier, general dentist in Montreal