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Guest - posted on 07/06/2014
Have you taken him to see a dentist? Decay all the way to the gum is pretty serious. There are different treatments depending on the severity of the decay. You may be able to simply have the infected part of the tooth removed then filled if damage is minimal, however if a significant part of the tooth is damaged, the child will probably need a crown as well. In some cases, if the infection goes all the way into the root, the dentist will have to perform a root canal. That involves removing the nerve and blood vessels of the tooth, filling and sealing off the root, then constructing a crown for the tooth.
Unfortunately, once tooth decay has begun, there is no way to stop it from spreading except to remove the infected part of the tooth or teeth and re-seal the tooth or teeth.
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