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Cavities: How and Why Do Dentists Fix Cavities on Baby Teeth?

Children eventually lose their primary teeth (baby teeth), however, that set of teeth needs to survive until the adult teeth push them out of the gums, which helps ensure the adult teeth grow in correctly and with enough room. Therefore, good oral hygiene is very important even in their early years. Despite your best efforts to ensure good dental hygiene, sometimes cavities still form. It is very important to keep the primary teeth healthy until it naturally gets exfoliated, because there are consequences of loosing the baby teeth too early. Baby Teeth Get Fillings 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, your dentist will opt to remove the cavities in baby teeth and fill. 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. Filling for Tooth Decay As with adult teeth, baby teeth fillings are made out of tooth coloured composite material. At our office, we do not carry amalgam (silver fillings) anymore for environmental and health concerns. Your dentist will remove the tooth decay from your child’s baby teeth as necessary. Depending on how much damage the cavity has caused, the dentist will then fill the tooth or crown it. Kids should continue using good oral hygiene when caring for fillings or crowns, whether those repairs have been done on baby teeth or on permanent teeth. Decay Can Recur Though your dentist works very hard to remove all the tooth decay, sometimes it is a recurring issue. Teeth with cavities between them, even with decay removal and fillings, have a better chance of cavity recurrence than teeth with cavities on exposed surfaces. When decay comes back, the dentist will need to replace the filling to take care of the new decay and re-fill the tooth. Trauma and Other Issues Also Require Fillings Tooth decay is just one of the reasons kids need fillings. If trauma has happened to the tooth to cause a crack, a filling is necessary as well. Other issues may be incorrectly shaped teeth, underdeveloped teeth, etc. Sometimes Extraction Is Necessary Preserving baby teeth is one of the most important part of dental care for children. The reason revolves around maintaining the right amount of