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Is it really necessary to undergo expensive dental work on a 3 year old child's baby teeth?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Economics

I understand that dental treatment can be expensive, but treating a child's problems is much less expensive than treating an adult's problems.
The most common dental problem in children is decay (infection) that can permanently harm the underlying permanent teeth, jaws, gums, and spread through the circulatory system. To not treat infection in a child is child neglect.

In brief: Economics

I understand that dental treatment can be expensive, but treating a child's problems is much less expensive than treating an adult's problems.
The most common dental problem in children is decay (infection) that can permanently harm the underlying permanent teeth, jaws, gums, and spread through the circulatory system. To not treat infection in a child is child neglect.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Leo Morton
Dentistry - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Establish Goals

Lets take out the word "expensive" from your question.
Either you accept or reject the importance of oral health. Not treating dental disease can lead to serious medical conditions. A single cavity if left untreated can create spacing and orthodontic issues. Even more significant is that an untreated cavity can lead to an abscess or facial swelling or worse the travel to the heart and brain.

In brief: Establish Goals

Lets take out the word "expensive" from your question.
Either you accept or reject the importance of oral health. Not treating dental disease can lead to serious medical conditions. A single cavity if left untreated can create spacing and orthodontic issues. Even more significant is that an untreated cavity can lead to an abscess or facial swelling or worse the travel to the heart and brain.
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

If a three year old has rampant decay throughout the mouth, extensive and likely expensive dental treatment may be indicated.
Even though most baby teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth, premature loss of baby teeth can contribute to problems with the eruption and development of the permanent teeth. In addition, untreated decay can lead to more serious problems.

In brief: Possibly

If a three year old has rampant decay throughout the mouth, extensive and likely expensive dental treatment may be indicated.
Even though most baby teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth, premature loss of baby teeth can contribute to problems with the eruption and development of the permanent teeth. In addition, untreated decay can lead to more serious problems.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on type

I would not invest in expensive "normal" looking verniers or enameled caps in small kids.
That said, failure to provide basic dental restoration can lead to a variety of serious health issues, impair adult spacing and impair dental health for the rest of their life.

In brief: Depends on type

I would not invest in expensive "normal" looking verniers or enameled caps in small kids.
That said, failure to provide basic dental restoration can lead to a variety of serious health issues, impair adult spacing and impair dental health for the rest of their life.
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Very unlikely.

In brief: No

Very unlikely.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Wrong! Failure to maintain a healthy deciduous dentition can, make that probably will, result in damage to the permanent dentition, which in the long run is more expensive than treating problems when they arise and requires a lifetime of expensive maintenance. If a child had active infection anywhere else in the body would you advise parents to wait?
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