Can a Dead Baby Tooth Be Saved?
It is perfectly normal for a child to lose their baby teeth, but sometimes this process can be slow or difficult, arriving as late as the age of 10 or 11. In some cases, a child may need to have a baby tooth extracted if it has become damaged or is causing problems. But, can a dead baby tooth be saved?
What Causes a Baby Tooth to Die?
Baby teeth can die from decay or have trauma. Trauma, such as a broken or cracked tooth, can cause nerve damage and the tooth to be unable to thrive. Tooth decay is the most common cause of a dead baby tooth.
What Are the Options?
The options available depend on the situation of the dead baby tooth and the age of the child.
- If Baby Tooth Is Still Intact: If the baby tooth is still intact, a crown can be placed on the tooth to preserve it for as long as possible. This will help protect the surrounding teeth from overcrowding and shifting.
- If Baby Tooth Has Extensive Decay: If the baby tooth has suffered from extensive decay, the only option may be to have it extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant.
- If Baby Tooth Has Suffered Trauma: If the baby tooth has suffered trauma, the only option may be to have it extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant.
- If Baby Tooth Is Not Loose: If the baby tooth is not loose, it may be possible to have it fused to the underlying permanent tooth with a procedure known as tooth bonding.
At the end of the day, the best option for a dead baby tooth depends on the individual situation. Speak to your dentist for further advice about saving your child’s baby teeth.