It is very important to introduce children to the dental surgery from an early age, what a dental chair is like, what instruments are used and what noises there are. Many young children arrive at their first dental appointment with a big problem – they have a toothache. If they arrive for the first visit with a tooth that needs care, it is harder to give them a pleasant experience.
Many people have the impression that milk teeth do not need dental care. Of course, this is not true at all. We use other treatments to care for milk teeth, but it is also very important to keep milk teeth healthy and free from inflammation. The most important thing is to eliminate pain when treating milk teeth and to prevent damage to the germ of the remaining teeth.
It’s very important for parents to know when to expect which teeth to change and emerge, of course the order is not set in stone, but if there is an abnormality, such as a germ deficiency or an abnormal position that prevents them from emerging, it’s definitely worth seeking professional help. One of the most common mistakes is that parents don’t even notice the appearance of the first remaining tooth in the mouth, as it emerges almost imperceptibly behind the second deciduous tooth, and by the time they get to the dentist, these teeth are in such a state that they can’t be saved, saying it’s only a deciduous tooth.
A distinction is made between milk tooth fillings and residual tooth fillings, which differ in the way they are treated and the materials used. For milk teeth, we have to consider a lot of things, how cooperative the child is, which treatment will give the best result. These are of course always made in consultation with the parents.
Many people ask if it would be easier to pull the baby tooth. We very rarely remove milk teeth. This is because milk teeth act as space maintainers for the remaining teeth as they erupt, so if they are removed too early, the result would be a very irregular and tangled set of teeth, and we don’t want to traumatise the child so much that they are terrified of the dentist for the rest of their lives.