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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

What Happens if My Son Has a Decaying Tooth?

01/20/2011

Question:

Well, he started with the chipped tooth and then it started to decay, but now it looks like the tooth is starting to get smaller. What will the dentist do if I take him in?

Answer:

Thanks for the question. The dentist may take an x-ray to see how healthy the tooth is and how the trauma of being chipped affected it. Treatment can range from no treatment needed, a filling, a crown or an extraction depending on how old your child is, if this is a baby or grown up tooth, and what the overall prognosis of the tooth is. However, if there are changes you are noticing, having a dentist take a look is the best place to start. Hope this helps.

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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Professor
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati