Do Cavities in Baby Teeth Need To Be Filled?

A relatively common question dentists get from parents of children with tooth decay is “Should cavities in baby teeth be filled?” We understand why this question comes to mind, baby teeth are not permanent so it may seem redundant spending time repairing an issue in  a tooth that will eventually fall out anyway. 

While the answer may differ slightly on a case-by-case basis, one thing that’s certain is that it is for a dentist to determine. If a child or dependent in your care has tooth decay or cavities, do not neglect to seek dental treatment. 

Now, here’s what you should know: filling cavities in baby teeth and the factors dentists consider when making decisions.

Is Filling Baby Teeth Cavities Necessary? 

The simple answer is yes, most of the time it’s absolutely necessary to treat cavities in milk teeth (baby teeth). The teeth may not be permanent but children retain their baby teeth for years, living with a cavity for a long period of time is not safe for their health. 

If your child’s baby teeth are affected by tooth decay, dentists will determine the best course of action based on factors such as:

  • The size and/or  severity of the cavity 
  • Child’s age or how close the tooth is to falling out
  • Risk of developing more cavities

What Happens When A Cavity Is Left Untreated?

Cavities do not go away on their own. Left untreated, your child may experience severe pain, sensitivity, discomfort, issues with eating and drinking, infection, tooth loss and even gum disease. 

If left to worsen, the problem will go beyond the affected baby tooth and can potentially impact the child’s permanent teeth. So, if your child is experiencing toothache or sensitivity, do not delay in contacting a children’s dentistry clinic.

Do Cavities In Baby Teeth Affect Permanent Teeth?

Tooth decay can lead to infections. Not only can this cause  your child pain, discomfort and swelling but the infection can actually spread to other teeth, gums and underlying bone. In severe cases, infection caused by tooth decay can even affect the development of your child’s permanent teeth.

Exceptions: When Can You Wait It Out?

In some rare instances, a dentist may recommend allowing the children’s tooth to fall out naturally without filling it. This would only occur in situations where the tooth decay is not severe and the affected tooth is close to falling out anyway. 

Learn More: Childrens’ Dentists in Townsville

Dentist at Healthlink, a local kids dentist in Townsville provides gentle and family-friendly services in a comfortable environment. We’re committed to providing the best care and we strive to make the child dental experience a positive and educational one for your children

To book a children’s dentistry appointment, contact us today.