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Question:
6 year old's root grown through tooth: I was wondering if removing a molar and putting in a spacer is the right move for my daughter as the root system has grown throughout the tooth and is basically an eggshell.

In theory the adult tooth is not expected to arrive for another 2 years. The junior dentist (non-partner) initially said he wanted to refer to an external periodontist as kids are not his specialty.

After consulting with the other clinic dentists they said to pull it at their office. My concern is that this decision may have been financially motivated rather than for my kids best interest as it turns out that none of the dentists are pediatric specialists and may fear us leaving. ...Visitor from Toronto

Answer:
The referral to a Periodontist is the smart thing to do.

While extracting the tooth is an obvious need, a periodontist is the best resource for determining if there are any ramifications for future tooth development.

The focus now isn't so much extraction but assuring the child has normal tooth development later, without complications.

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