A 41-year-old member asked:
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what do docs think? should an infected pre-molar tooth in a child be removed or treated with root canal surgery?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Treatment options: The answer requires a personal clinical exam and visualization of the x-rays of that tooth. Having said that, if the tooth is adequately restorable, the treatment of choice would overwhelming be in favor or root canal therapy to save the tooth. If the child requires orthodontic treatment and this tooth might be considered for extraction for ortho purposes, then extraction might be a better choice.
Answered on Jan 2, 2014
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
How old is child?: Does this child need orthodontics? Depending on the answers to the above questions, the advice would be different. That's why you need to consult with both your local dentist and orthodontist, if necessary, to devise a plan. Personally, i'm all for saving every tooth that can be saved. The child isn't growing any more.
Answered on Jan 2, 2014

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