Oral Health

Question
Posted by: daleen | 2010/09/03

Q.

teeth pulling

Sir,

I took my daughter, (she''''s turning 6 in November), for a check-up recently, and the dentist told me that she needs to have her 4 bottom molars extracted.

Because she is still so young, it has to be done via general anestetic and in theatre, and of course we received a quote of R12000.00.

My concern is this: even though she has fillings in the teeth already, the dentist told me that they are rotten. I have not seen any evidence of this. Also, she is not complaining of any pain, only of mild sensitivity.

I have also heard from a friend that she did the same with her daughter, only for the gums to harden and the permanent teeth to grow skew, therefor the child needed braces etc.

Is it viable for me to have her molars extracted at this stage as they are going to fall out anyway?

Many thanks for your assistance.

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

x-rays can show evidnce of decay under old fillings.
if the teeth need to be removed now it is extremely unsafe to leave them "to fall out".
Ask your dentist to show you evidence of the decay and discuss his reasons for wanting to extract them

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Posted by: dental expert | 2010/09/03

x-rays can show evidnce of decay under old fillings.
if the teeth need to be removed now it is extremely unsafe to leave them "to fall out".
Ask your dentist to show you evidence of the decay and discuss his reasons for wanting to extract them

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