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Question:
My son is six years old and his dentist says he has several small cavities starting and he wants to fill them. My son will soon be loosing his teeth. Why fill a cavity in a tooth that will soon be falling out? Is it necessary if the cavity is not bothering him at all?

Answer:
If these cavities are on your son's back molars, then these teeth will be there until he is around 10-13 years of age. So, if nothing is done, the cavities will get larger over time. Doing the treatment now will be very easy and if you wait, it may change the procedure and make the treatment a litlle more difficult.

Now, if the cavities are on the front teeth, then yes, these teeth are getting ready to come out. Also, since your son is 6, his permanent molars may be in and sealants would be a great preventive measure to take so he does not get cavities.

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