Children are definitely more prone to cavities and thus, finding decays and caries on their baby tooth is quite natural. But the question arises when you are not sure how to treat such baby teeth as they are eventually meant to fall off. Experts at the Dr.Smilez Group of Dental Centers have put together a simple method to help you decide what would be the best way to restoring a decayed baby tooth.
How much longer are the baby teeth going to be around?
The Best way to Restoring a Decayed Baby Tooth:
Baby teeth erupt at various stages and usually, they all fall off in the order they come in. Typically, this means the lower front teeth are the first to come in and fall out. The molars are the last to come – between 6 to 7 years and they are more likely to have a cavity due to the child’s eating habit.
Baby teeth start forming inside the jaws before birth itself. They erupt and fall at various order and pace. Usually, lower and upper front teeth are the first to erupt by the age of 6 – 9 months and the cuspids and the molars are the last to erupt by the age of 2-3years. They begin to fall from 6 – 7 years until the age of 11 -12 years.
Enamel or the hard outer layer of the tooth is thinner and softer on baby teeth. This, along with the dietary habits, make the baby teeth more prone to decay. These teeth not only help the children to eat, speak and smile confidently but also guide the permanent teeth to erupt in the correct position. So it is important to take care of baby teeth.
Early Childhood Caries or Nursing Bottle Decay is the most common dental problem that develops in infants and toddlers who are put to bed with a bottle containing sweet liquids like milk, milk formula, and sweeteners. The bacteria in the mouth use this sugar to produce acids that destroy the child’s teeth.
White spots on a tooth’s surface are early symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay which affects mainly the upper and lower front teeth. We, at Dr.Smilez, provide fluoride treatment at this stage to strengthen the enamel of the teeth. Fluoride flows into weak spots to help rebuild these areas before they become cavities.
The molars or the grinding teeth at the back have pits and grooves on their biting surface. Sugary or sticky foods sticking here too, develop into decay on being acted upon by bacteria. Pit and Fissure sealants are coated on the biting surfaces of molars at Dr.Smilez, which provides a hard shield on the surface and prevents decay.
Brown or black discolouration and holes appear during the next stage of tooth decay. Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food, sweets is the early sign of enamel loss due to tooth decay. Tooth-coloured composite fillings are done at this stage at Dr.Smilez group of Dental Centres. A filling repairs and restores the surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture or wear and strengthens it.
More severe decay results in pain or sometimes even swelling. This happens when the pulp or the inner central core of the teeth containing blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue, and reparative cells, gets infected due to decay or affected due to trauma. Pulp therapy is indicated at this stage to remove the infection and place resorbable calcium hydroxide medication to prevent further spread of infection. The tooth then is restored. Laser Pulp Therapy is done at Dr Smilez Group of Dental Centres using advanced painless techniques by best-skilled Paedodontists or child teeth specialists.
Crown is given after pulp therapy to protect the tooth. The dental crown fully covers the tooth structure, restoring the shape, size, and strength of the tooth. It is cemented in place and can be removed by only a dentist. Various types of crowns like Stainless Steel Crowns, Composite Strip Crowns, Polycarbonate Crowns, Resin – veneered Crowns etc are used for the child’s teeth. Experts at Dr.Smilez suggest the ideal crown for the tooth considering various factors.
Children who walk in with fear and pain, walk out with a smile as they are treated by the best kids dentists in Chennai at Dr.Smilez Group of Dental Centres. Visit our clinics for Healthy teeth and a Happy Smile.