Why should we restore baby teeth?


Why should we restore baby teeth?

Primary (baby) teeth are important for your child’s eating, proper chewing and speaking, as well as their appearance. These primary teeth set up the framework for adult teeth to develop. Without healthy primary teeth, the adult teeth don’t have adequate space to grow into the correct position.

Won’t the baby teeth just fall out anyway?

The front baby teeth will shed (fall out) between the ages of 6-8 years, while the back baby teeth shed between 10-13 years. Untreated decay (cavities/holes) on baby teeth can damage the developing adult tooth,
or adjacent adult teeth already in the mouth. It is best to restore baby teeth to stop or slow the progression of decay, preventing early loss of primary teeth.

Why do you pull baby teeth out?

Removal of a baby tooth may be required when decay has damaged the baby tooth beyond repair, or is causing an infection in the surrounding bone. Early loss of a baby tooth may result in a loss of space for the adult teeth to grow into their normal position and result in crowded teeth. This increases the chance of needing orthodontic treatment with “braces”.

See the chart below for when the primary teeth erupt (come through) and shed (fall out).

Eruption times

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Dr Henry Wong is a local dental graduate, having done his studies at the University of Queensland. He has had over 10 years of practical experience, providing a wide range of services in the various fields of dentistry. He has a strong interest in Orthodontics (braces) and has an affinity treating young patients. Henry regularly attends a range of continuing education courses, and is very much up to date with his continuing professional development requirements.   Dr Henry is a long term member of the ADA (Australian Dental Association). He has also been involved with RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service), in a charity project that provides much needed dental treatment to villages in Nepal. He has also provided volunteer work in Brisbane through the National Dental Foundation.   Dr Henry enjoys spending time with his family and young daughter. They are often the reluctant subjects one of his other interests; photography. He likes to unwind by listening to comedy podcasts and tending to his growing collection of indoor plants.