You may wonder why dentists recommend dental restorations on baby teeth. Aren’t they just going to fall out anyways? While this is true, they serve many important functions prior to being lost.
Besides contributing to an esthetic appearance and self-esteem, they are important for:
- Maintaining space in the jaw for the permanent teeth while guiding them into the proper position
- Allow for proper eating and chewing
- Permit normal development of the jaw bones and muscle
- Affect speech development
Many baby teeth are not lost until the age of 12. For this reason, keeping them healthy and treating dental decay when present is recommended!
Dr. Easte Warnick received a degree in Geology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2001. After working as a geologist for Los Alamos National Laboratory and Bechtel SAIC, she returned to school and completed dental training at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2012.