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Question:
My daughter, 5, just went to her first appointment. Dentist said she needs 3 pulpotomies and crowns on the back molars because decay is at the nerve. She said this will help her eat and sleep better too.

Problem is, my daughter has never once complained of any pain and sleeps fine and eats hot and cold food and has never ever complained of any pain. I am just wondering if this is normal and does this sound right that she would need this procedure when she has never had any pain.

I am just worried that after getting the procedure there would be more problems than if we waited. ...Visitor from FL

Answer:
Pain is not a reliable indicator of anything.

The best method for dealing with controversial recommendations is to simply get a 2nd or 3rd opinions from other dentists.

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