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What happens with a cracked baby tooth? While brushing our three year old son's teeth last week, i noticed what looks like a crack on one of his teeth. It doesn't seem to hurt him at all, and i've made an appointment with our dentist. I'm just wondering i

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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Hopefully it's minor, but teeth do break.
Kids fall down and get bumped all the time. Cavities can also cause fractures. It's important that kids start seeing dentist as soon as 1st tooth comes in. If your dentist has seen your child regularly, he will know so much more about your son's individual dental needs. You did the right thing by scheduling an appointment.

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Hopefully it's minor, but teeth do break.
Kids fall down and get bumped all the time. Cavities can also cause fractures. It's important that kids start seeing dentist as soon as 1st tooth comes in. If your dentist has seen your child regularly, he will know so much more about your son's individual dental needs. You did the right thing by scheduling an appointment.
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Let your dentist take a look.
Maybe it is just a stain, maybe it is a small cavity. Baby teeth are restored, to a point, like permanent teeth. They help in speech, eating, and self esteem. You don't want to loose them prematurely since they help guide the permanent teeth into position. Since he is not in any distress, it is probably nothing, but it is better to get it checked out.

In brief: Let

Let your dentist take a look.
Maybe it is just a stain, maybe it is a small cavity. Baby teeth are restored, to a point, like permanent teeth. They help in speech, eating, and self esteem. You don't want to loose them prematurely since they help guide the permanent teeth into position. Since he is not in any distress, it is probably nothing, but it is better to get it checked out.
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Dr. Steven Hart
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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By the age of three your child should have been seen by a dentist or pediatric dentist.
Only they can evaluate the severity of the fracture. Their treatment recommendations could range from doing nothing to pulpotomy (child root canal) and crown to extraction. Note that a more severe fracture can involve the nerve of the tooth which can become inflamed, painful and/or infected. Please don't rely on an absence of pain to ignore what could be a potentially significant problem in the future. Having the child visit the dentist will give you peace of mind.

In brief: By

By the age of three your child should have been seen by a dentist or pediatric dentist.
Only they can evaluate the severity of the fracture. Their treatment recommendations could range from doing nothing to pulpotomy (child root canal) and crown to extraction. Note that a more severe fracture can involve the nerve of the tooth which can become inflamed, painful and/or infected. Please don't rely on an absence of pain to ignore what could be a potentially significant problem in the future. Having the child visit the dentist will give you peace of mind.
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Dr. Neil McLeod
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

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Your dentist will advise you on what is the best treatment is if any.
In the absence of pain i would tend to think that the crack is superficial. If there is major damage to the tooth the dentist will make a small crown for the tooth. We still make these stainless steel crowns and cement them into place and they serve very well and are shed when the deciduous is replaced. The new bonding techniques are changing the way we treat these sorts of issues, and can restore "baby teeth" very well for the few years that they are required to serve. The decision to anesthetize a child must be made between you and the treating doctor. Personally i prefer not to use gas on children if it can be helped. The pedodontists are skilled in providing this type of care with minimal use of major nervous system depressants. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.

In brief: Your

Your dentist will advise you on what is the best treatment is if any.
In the absence of pain i would tend to think that the crack is superficial. If there is major damage to the tooth the dentist will make a small crown for the tooth. We still make these stainless steel crowns and cement them into place and they serve very well and are shed when the deciduous is replaced. The new bonding techniques are changing the way we treat these sorts of issues, and can restore "baby teeth" very well for the few years that they are required to serve. The decision to anesthetize a child must be made between you and the treating doctor. Personally i prefer not to use gas on children if it can be helped. The pedodontists are skilled in providing this type of care with minimal use of major nervous system depressants. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
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