My 23 month old has 2 teeth that are bad. They are the teeth that are next to her two front teeth, one on each side. The one to the right just has a small cavity which I've been taking care of. Brushing after she eats. It hasn't gotten any worse. The one to the left ... it actually broke off a little and has some brown coloring. I plan to make a dental appt. on monday but I'm the type that doesn't like to wait for answers. Worries me to death! What exactly will the dentist do for her? Will they try to put a filling there? It's one of her front teeth and in the front of the tooth so I don't know how that would work. I am NOT ok with silver fillings (they are made up basically 1/2 mercury). Will they pull it? What are my options? I'm so concerned.
Asked by Anonymous at 9:27 PM on Jun. 12, 2009 in Health
I am a Dental Assistant and I don't want to overly concern you but, I would not bypass the dentist all together. Baby teeth get fillings all the time (there are "white" mercury -free filings as well as a growing number of Dentists beginning to use products that are all-together more natural). In addidtion while close monitoring and home care are always important, once the decay has begun it can spread quickly without you being aware of what is happening beneath the surface. They even do "baby" root canals or extractions when necessary which can further affect &/or complicate coming adult teeth. Without the baby tooth the "save" the place for the adult tooth the likelihood of needing braces increases. An infection can develope in the surrounding area which can be painful. I would get the tooth filled, good luck.
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