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Should you get a child's cavities filled if they are in baby teeth and not causing any pain?

15 doctors weighed in
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth, they will continue to grow and if severe infect the other teeth.

In brief: Yes

Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth, they will continue to grow and if severe infect the other teeth.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Pain does not indicate the severity of a cavity.

In brief: Yes

Pain does not indicate the severity of a cavity.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dr. Justin Zumstein
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Definitely!

Baby teeth are very important for proper nutrition, speech development, jaw development, and self esteem.
The back baby teeth need to last till between about 8 1/2-12 years of age. Left untreated cavities will get larger and lead to unnecessary pain, infection and early tooth loss, turning the child into a dental cripple. Not treating cavities in baby teeth is tantamount to child neglect.

In brief: Definitely!

Baby teeth are very important for proper nutrition, speech development, jaw development, and self esteem.
The back baby teeth need to last till between about 8 1/2-12 years of age. Left untreated cavities will get larger and lead to unnecessary pain, infection and early tooth loss, turning the child into a dental cripple. Not treating cavities in baby teeth is tantamount to child neglect.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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2 comments
Dr. Arnold Malerman
I concur with Dr. Schneider's most excellent answer. Tooth decay is an infection that can damage not only the baby teeth, but the surrounding bone and gums as well as the underlying permanent teeth. Not treating the infection can cause increased Orthodontic need. If your child had an infected ear, or an infected hand, or an infection anywhere else would you leave it untreated?
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Great answers by both Drs!
Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely !

Do you want to wait just to see if it starts hurting before they lose it.
? Do you want it to be a front tooth that all his peers will see and make fun of his appearance? Do you want to watch the decay eat out the side of the tooth so the adjacent teeth come together and then crowd out the permanent one and you can pay the orthodontist more to move into the proper position?

In brief: Absolutely !

Do you want to wait just to see if it starts hurting before they lose it.
? Do you want it to be a front tooth that all his peers will see and make fun of his appearance? Do you want to watch the decay eat out the side of the tooth so the adjacent teeth come together and then crowd out the permanent one and you can pay the orthodontist more to move into the proper position?
Dr. Phillip Frist
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Generally yes

Depends on the age.
If the tooth in question is nearing the end of its tenure in the mouth, a small cavity may not be worth being filled. This is all generality, and a dentist will make an informed decision as to either leaving it to exfoliate (come out on its own), remove it, or to restore it. Each patient is different, and stage of development is important in determining which way to proceed.

In brief: Generally yes

Depends on the age.
If the tooth in question is nearing the end of its tenure in the mouth, a small cavity may not be worth being filled. This is all generality, and a dentist will make an informed decision as to either leaving it to exfoliate (come out on its own), remove it, or to restore it. Each patient is different, and stage of development is important in determining which way to proceed.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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