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Pediatric teeth infection: My 3 year old grandson has an infection in the roots of his two front teeth. He has a sore on his upper gum as well.

The Pediatric dentist says the teeth must be removed.

We took him to our regular dentist for a second opinion. My dentist said that he wouldn't pull them at this time. He feels that sedation can be a bit risky and traumatic at this age.

Xrays show the dark infection around the roots. The Pediatric dentist said this could affect the permanent teeth if not corrected. What is your recommendation? ...Visitor from TX

The pediatric dentist appears to have a better grasp of the "big picture" than does the general dentist.

Sedation does NOT have to be a traumatic event for any person, regardless of age:

Infections during the formative years can wreak havoc for adult tooth development. Watch this video to learn what infections can do to adult teeth that haven't even emerged yet:

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