baby teeth be filled?
Baby teeth, besides serving all the functions of adult teeth, also serve
as space maintainers until the arrival of the permanent teeth. If they are
allowed to decay without being filled the parent runs the risk of the tooth
abscessing and having to be extracted. If extraction is necessary the adjacent
baby teeth, like adult teeth, can shift closing the extraction space and
complicating future orthodontic treatment. An equally important reason for
filling baby teeth is that a cavity is a source of tremendous numbers of
bacteria. There is no other way to eliminate those bacteria but to remove
the decay and place a filling.
Unless you are a patient of Dr. Landin's and have seen him very recently, this should not be construed as dental advice but only as information. Please consult your own dentist in regard to your personal situation or condition.
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