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I do not see the point of having dental work done on baby teeth

Monday, May. 24th 2010 10:09 AM

I just got back from taking my three and half year old son to the dentist. This was his first dental appointment.  After having the X-rays done the dentist said that my son needs filling for two small cavities and also need to have two baby root canals on other teeth.

I do not understand what this means or how he should have to have so much dental work when I brush his teeth daily. It may have been a long time since I was a kid but if you had problems with your baby teeth you would just have them pulled.  The fact that the dentist wants to do baby root canals do not make any sense to me.   I told him to do the fillings but to pull the other two teeth.   He said since they are back teeth, it would not be a good idea to have them pulled.

The staff gives me the bill and it was very high.  My dental insurance company will only pay 50% of the root canals cost.   The filling are not so bad at 80% of the cost.  So I ask again to the dentist how much to just pull the two teeth and he would not tell me only repeated how bad it would be if he was to pull the teeth.

Sure how convent for him since I know pulling would be much less.  I feel that he only wants to change me more money for no real reason.   I left saying I would think things over and get back with him.  I see no reason to do root canals on baby teeth.  Do all dentist do unnecessary dental work like this?  I would like to find a dentist that will do what I tell them to do and just pull the teeth if need be.

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4 Comments on “I do not see the point of having dental work done on baby teeth”

  1. Kerry G Says:

    I sorry but if you do not want to take care of your child teeth, why have the child in the first place? If you had bother to take your child to see the dentist when he first started cutting his teeth he may not have needed so much dental work now.

    I would give you advise but it seems to me that you just looking for someone to agree with you and say all dentist are rip off artist.

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  2. Carol Says:

    Your question can be hard to answer when you seem to have a set opinion already. I will address the one question about why baby teeth are important. I hope by doing so it will help you understand why you should maintain healthy baby teeth.

    Baby Teeth are important to babies and young children just as much as adult teeth are important to teens and adults.

    Baby teeth or first teeth are necessary not only to maintain space position for adult teeth to come in, But they are also used for chewing and learning how to speak correctly.

    By pulling baby teeth too soon you may wind up with bigger dental issues in the future.

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  3. Hope Says:

    Your son is only three years old. He can have his baby molars up until 13 or even older. If you pull his baby teeth out too soon his remaining baby teeth may start to shift if you do not put in a space maintainer. Shifting baby teeth may make his adult teeth come in crooked. Causing you to have major dental expenses.

    I would advise to have the dental work done in the long run it will be less expensive then having to pay out for braces to fix adult teeth issues.

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  4. Cindy Says:

    I do not agree with you about the dentist trying to rip you off. The dentist is only telling you the truth about not pulling teeth out too soon.

    However with that said there is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. It may not change anything but it may make you feel better about having the dental work done. I am sure you would not want your son to suffer though a toothache. My daughter had a toothache once and it was so very hard on her and I felt terrible that I did not act sooner when I was told to.

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