Why Are Primary Teeth Important?
Have you ever thought to yourself: “Baby teeth are just going to fall out anyway – why are they so important?” If so, you’re not alone! Everyone knows that we’re born with two sets of teeth and that the permanent (adult) teeth are the ones that we’ll be enjoying for the rest of our life. Why are primary teeth so important?
Primary Teeth Guide Tooth Eruption
Losing a tooth too early will jeopardize the spacing patterns of the natural bite. Primary teeth act as guides for adult teeth, showing them where they are to erupt. If a tooth is pulled too early, neighboring teeth tend to lean into place, blocking the permanent tooth from erupting at all. Restoring the tooth or placing a space maintainer in the area can prevent this from happening.
Infected Primary Teeth Can Damage Developing Permanent Teeth
Traumatized or abscessed primary teeth can impact the permanent tooth developing underneath. For instance, if an abscess pops up, that infection around the root can penetrate the eruption capsule of the new tooth. Permanent teeth may erupt with white or brown discolorations, or even abnormalities in enamel structure.
Cavities Can Spread from Primary to Adult Teeth
At a certain age, your child will experience what is called a “mixed dentition” where permanent and primary teeth are present at the same time. This stage can last for several years. If a cavity develops on a primary tooth and goes untreated, those bacteria can spread to a neighboring adult tooth. In the end, leaving a primary tooth untreated only causes damage to a healthy tooth that was supposed to last for the rest of his life. Having healthy primary teeth is the best way to have healthy adult teeth. Let us help your child experience a lifetime of healthy smiles. Call us today.