Parents!  It is very important to maintain your child's teeth.  They are needed in order for your child to chew and digest food properly but there is another very important reason. They are necessary to maintain spacing for the permanent teeth.  Some of the baby teeth are needed until age 11 or 12 years.  Premature loss will likely result in orthodontic problems.

An Ounce Of Prevention

debris that cannot be easily removed. Decay and gum problems will happen.  Other teeth can also be lost as a consequence.

 

For this reason we strongly encourage the replacement of missing teeth as soon as possible.  Regular dental exams and X-rays are key to heading off problems while they are minor. 

 

The usual type of replacement for a lost tooth is either a fixed bridge, or a removable partial denture.  The fixed bridge is ideal in that it is tailor made to fit your mouth and is cemented permanently in place. There is nothing to be taken in and out. A removable partial denture is an appliance that is tailor made to fit your situation but it is not permanently fixed. That is, it comes in and out. With either type of restoration, the dentition is returned to good health and the comfort and ease of chewing and digestion brought are brought back to normal.

 

What Is A Dry Socket?

 

After a tooth is pulled (extracted), a blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth had been seated.  This is part of the healing process.  When the initial blood clot is lost, the bone is uncovered exposing the nerve endings in the bone resulting in pain. If that should happen, it is necessary to apply a medication in the socket. This may have to be repeated daily for a couple of days.

 

What Is An Abscess?

 

When decay is not treated in time, it progresses until it reaches the nerve (pulp). The nerve dies within the tooth causing gases to build and then an infection forms at the end root end of the tooth. At this point only one choice remains in order to save the tooth. A root canal can be performed and then a crown needs to be done. Why is that needed? The blood supply is now lost to the tooth causing it to become brittle risking breakage. The crown covers the entire tooth preventing that eventuality. The only other alternative is extraction.

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

 

It is interesting to know that teeth are held in place not only by bone and gums but by each other.  So when a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth, now that they are no longer in contact with the tooth that was lost,  will move until they come into contact with  other teeth.  They will tip in toward each other to close the space created by the loss of the extracted tooth. Bottom teeth will extrude upward in order to make contact and upper teeth will extrude downward. The result of this migration are pockets that now can collect food

Why Fill & Restore "Baby Teeth"?

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