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Milk teeth are as important as the permanent ones because:
Baby teeth are important in proper feeding and nutrition. Milk teeth serve as space maintainers for the proper spacing and alignment of the permanent teeth.
Healthy milk teeth are crucial in helping the baby learn how to speak properly. Healthy looking teeth are important in building self-confidence at an early age. Small children because of immaturity are quick to tease peers about ugly looking or decayed teeth. Common problems associated with primary teeth are nursing bottle caries, decay of primary teeth, fracture of front teeth due trauma, delayed eruption of permanent teeth.
Various treatment options for primary teeth
Tooth coloured fillings
Tooth coloured fillings are GIC (glass inomer cements) or composite resins. These are the most commonly used materials in pediatric patients. These fillings just like any other filling material would last longer, if they are kept clean with proper brushing and flossing. They are also used to fill decayed teeth or chipped teeth anywhere in the mouth. The benefit of tooth colored fillings is that they are hard to distinguish from the natural tooth color.
Root canal treatment in primary teeth
In cases where tooth decay extends deep into the nerve portion of the tooth it might be necessary to perform a root canal as described for the permanent tooth, it might still be considered as a better alternative to tooth extraction.
Stainless steel crowns
Stainless steel crowns are silver colored caps that cover the whole tooth. Dentists favor stainless steel crowns for restoring back teeth with extensive decay or teeth that have been root canal treated these crowns are is the most durable, and last until the baby tooth falls out. In many cases the crown results in less expense to the parent and less trauma to the child.
A space maintainer is a removable or fixed appliance designed to maintain an existing space. Space maintainers are usually fitted in children when they have lost baby teeth early. The gap left from losing this tooth needs to be held open for the permanent tooth to erupt in the correct position.
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