Posted by: Trish | 2009/01/15


fillings on milk teeth?


my child' s dentist has suggested she have 5 fillings however my child turns 6 this year and a number of her front teeth will fall out right? Yet these are some of the teeth the dentist wants to work on. Yes the front top teeth have smoe decay but won' t they fall out in a few months? She turns 6 in 5 weeks.

I' m trying to see the point of the extensive dental surgery as I would have thought only the molars needed attention and not so much the front teeth as they are history soon anyway. The molars I agree are in trouble but there are just tiny brown cavity spots on the front teeth, one on each. But the dentist still wants to work on these. It will cost 8k and i am not on medical aid (only hosp plan). I also happen to be unemployed and could barely afford the dental appointment. I would rather try and raise the money to sort out only the teeth which will be in her mouth for a while yet but the dentist says its all or nothing.

what is yr opinion?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

Yes it is EXTREMELY important to attend to these teeth.
Those that can be filled must be. DO not leave these teeth untreated until pain sets in.
If you cannot afford private treatment, ask your dentist to refer you to a state facility, but the treatment nees to be done

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