Why Do Baby Teeth Need Fillings If They Are Going To Fall Out Anyways?


Most parents aren’t usually alarmed when they find cavities in their children’s baby teeth. Often, they just leave it alone. After all, they’re not permanent and will eventually fall out, so why bother? While it is true that baby teeth will eventually just fall out on their own, leaving cavities in baby teeth untreated will lead to serious consequences down the line.

The Importance of Primary Teeth

Your child’s primary baby teeth are extremely important. Not only do they help your child chew food, but the baby teeth also play a significant role in helping your child form good speaking habits and pronounce words properly. More importantly, they serve as placeholders and guides for when the permanent teeth start to erupt. Not to mention the effect of having a complete smile and healthy-looking teeth on your child’s self-esteem.

Why Baby Teeth Need To Be Filled

If cavities are found in baby teeth and they’re not treated, the decay can affect the permanent teeth underneath. In some cases, the decay can even spread to the permanent teeth.

You may ask then, wouldn’t it be better to just pull out the tooth instead of filling it? Well, while pulling out the tooth is actually possible, it’s not exactly in the best interest of the child. Remember, both children and adults need a complete set of teeth to speak and chew properly. Just missing a single tooth can significantly affect the way we chew or speak. This is especially important in children, as they’re still growing and any negative experiences that might make them much more self-conscious than necessary can have a significant impact on their self-esteem.

There’s also the fact that pulling teeth out can cause the other teeth to shift to “compensate” for the gap left by the missing tooth. If baby teeth are pulled out much earlier than necessary, this can lead to alignment problems once the permanent tooth starts to erupt.  However, when the decay is too expensive, dentists will have no choice but to pull the teeth out. But, this is only a last resort option. If this happens, the dentist will also usually recommend inserting an appliance into the space left by the pulled tooth to protect it until the permanent tooth is ready to come in.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

The key to making sure that your child grows up with a healthy and beautiful smile is to practice proper hygiene as early as their first baby tooth erupts. As toddlers, instill in them the importance of brushing and flossing correctly. Limit their consumption of sugary snacks too. It might also be a good idea to take them to the dentist at an early age as well.

Remember, your child’s primary teeth are extremely important to his or her growth and development. You should never think lightly of any problems with them just because they’ll eventually fall out anyway.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment today to know more about how you can take better care of your child’s teeth. Call 201-795-2111 or visit the website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.


Type of Dental Issues Porcelain Veneers Can Fix | Hoboken Cosmetic Dentist

 As much as people with beautiful looking smiles love to show off their pearly whites, those who aren’t so fortunate may not like to smile as often. For those with less-than-perfect teeth, smiling can be a painful, if not potentially embarrassing experience.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options to help fix a variety of dental problems, and one of treatment options gaining popularity in recent years is porcelain dental veneers.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile dental solutions designed to fix a number of oral problems. Although considered a cosmetic procedure, porcelain veneers can also be used to correct other dental issues to help improve the overall health of your teeth. Because they can be used to treat both cosmetic and functional problems, porcelain veneers have quickly become one of the more popular choices for dental choices today.

Another particular benefit that makes porcelain veneers such a popular option is their ability to provide immediate results. This is in contrast to other procedures that might otherwise take months or years to do so.

The many types of dental issues porcelain veneers can be used to effectively fix and mask include:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Misshaped teeth

Although not considered as a main treatment option, porcelain veneers can also be used to treat severe teeth alignment problems, or malocclusions.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Of course, the main advantage is that porcelain veneers can help give you the smile you’ve always wanted. But, it’s also worth taking note that the treatment uses very little tooth structure, and that the procedure itself often requires less anesthesia, if at all. Also, the materials used to make porcelain veneers make them very resistant against coffee stains, as well as other types of stains that naturally teeth don’t really offer much protection against.

Unfortunately, because the procedure involves removing part of the enamel, it’s considered irreversible. Also, as a result, it’s no longer possible to correct or change the color once the veneer has been cemented. It’s also possible to experience temperature sensitivity for a few days after the procedure. Lastly, veneers can be damaged by biting or chewing on something hard regularly, such as ice or finger nails.

Are They The Right Choice For Me?

The beauty of porcelain veneers goes beyond just correcting aesthetic imperfections. Sure, porcelain veneers can indeed help give you the smile you have always wanted. However, they can also be used to help improve the overall health of your teeth. This includes helping realign your bite, stabilization cracked or broken teeth, preventing tooth decay, and strengthening weak or loose teeth, just to name a few.

If you’re interested, be sure to schedule a personal consultation and exam with Dr. Musarra to see if you are a good fit for porcelain veneers. Call today at 201-795-2111 or visit our website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.