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My daughter is 2 yrs old. We took her to a pediatric dentist. She has teeth decay in 4 front teeth from the bottle. He wants to automatically pull them and put in a spacer.
I would like to save the teeth and do root canals and cap. He is advising not to go this route. I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions? ...Lisa in FL

Lisa, since I do not have any radiographs, it is hard for me to say that the teeth are restorable. One thing you may consider is taking the radiographs to another pediatric dentist and getting a second opinion.

I do feel strongly that the pediatric dentist you have seen will do anything possible to salvage the teeth if that is/was an option. Even if you have to have the teeth removed and have a pedo-partial placed, your daughter will look great and there will be no space lost, so the permanent teeth will come into position. Even if you do not want to have the pedo-partial, her teeth will not move and the permanent teeth will fall into place.

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