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Do untreated baby teeth cavities affect the new teeth coming in?
11 doctors weighed in

6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Baby teeth 'hold space' for the adult teeth.
If a cavity is untreated in a baby tooth for an extended period of time, the space for the adult tooth may be lost. Thereby crowding the adult teeth.

In brief: Yes
Baby teeth 'hold space' for the adult teeth.
If a cavity is untreated in a baby tooth for an extended period of time, the space for the adult tooth may be lost. Thereby crowding the adult teeth.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dr. Justin Zumstein
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Dr. James Beck
Also, if the baby tooth abscesses, the infection around the root of the baby tooth will effect the formation of the permanent tooth underneath it. This can cause a poorly formed adult tooth with inadequate enamel which can cavitate more easily as well as being unaesthetic.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Absolutely
A cavity is a localized hard tissue infection that requires immediate treatment.
Cavity may intensify, infecting nerve of tooth resulting in painful abscess. Infection can damage underlying forming permanent tooth. Infection can spread to bone, gums, lymphatic ; lymphatic tissues with the risk of debilitating results.

In brief: Absolutely
A cavity is a localized hard tissue infection that requires immediate treatment.
Cavity may intensify, infecting nerve of tooth resulting in painful abscess. Infection can damage underlying forming permanent tooth. Infection can spread to bone, gums, lymphatic ; lymphatic tissues with the risk of debilitating results.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Family Medicine
In brief: Not usually
However, i would be concerned that there is a lifestyle issue coming up.
The bigger danger is getting infections in the body, particularly heart, from teeth.

In brief: Not usually
However, i would be concerned that there is a lifestyle issue coming up.
The bigger danger is getting infections in the body, particularly heart, from teeth.
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