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My child has a cavity. Why fill it?

Depending on the age of your child when we find a cavity, we may or may not recommend a filling. The baby teeth perform many functions. Sure, they may look beautiful, but the most important role of the baby teeth is to hold the space needed for the developing permanent teeth, which are developing in the bone underneath the baby teeth. In many cases, if your child loses the baby teeth too early, that may create a crowding situation that may or may not be able to be corrected with braces at a later time. There are different stages of dental eruption that may require fillings in certain teeth. Knowing when teeth generally fall out enables me to make a better recommendation as to whether you would have me fill the cavities or not. Sometimes we fill the teeth to prevent the cavities from spreading to the next tooth. If your child gets a cavity, we will discuss all treatment options with you.