My 5 year old has a cavity, should I get it filled or pulled?


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Amy - posted on 03/30/2011




hi....not sure when you posted this add but i was curious what you decided to do. My daughter needs about five or so fillings too..and i am terrified!!! I am scared of the dentist so i have delegated my husband to take her and so far every visit has been happy and cleaning, x rays, sitting in the chair, a tour, metting the dentist..ect....they were talking about nitris which scares me too because she has mild ashma and this liquid valume...what is that?? i am just nervous! Please tell me what you did and how it went if you can!!! thank you!!!

Trina - posted on 06/16/2009




I'd talk to the dentist, my daughter had hers filled, and because of the location of them, she didn't even need freezing and it didn't hurt at all. She kind of giggled through the whole thing.

Lisa - posted on 06/16/2009




I recently had my DD2 in getting 3 fillings. She's not 4 yet so the dentist recommended we get it done in hospital under a general anesthetic. We're in Australia and don't have health insurance, it cost us $1200 AUD but was sooo worth it! I too had a filling at 5, those days without anesthetic, and to this day I have a serious phobia with dentists (I haven't been to one in 10 years... oops) The sound of the drill gives me ear ache reminescent of the pain of having a nerve hit, which is what happened when I was 5. I love this new dentist we've found though, I'll be taking all my kids to see her. We used to go somewhere else but I was never happy with anyone we saw LOL A good dentist is as important as a good doctor ;)

When we were in with DD2 there was an older child in having an extraction under a GA too. While DD2 woke up fine this other poor boy woke up in pain :(

Catherine - posted on 06/15/2009




You should leave that decision up to her dentist....either way there is some pain. associated...and my kids have already had fillings and extractions and they are only 7 and 9. but dont wait too long cuz my 7yr old daughter ended up with an abscessed tooth from putting it off.

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2009




my daughter had to have 7 of them done ( not all at once) I'm glad that they filled them and not pull them becuase i remember having to have teeth pulled when i was 5 and it made me not like the dentist at all. Your dentist will let you know exactly what they need to to and how they will do it. My daughters dentist gave her liquid valume to help keep her relaxed and it helped made her a little loopy but she did just fine didn't even cry.

Karen - posted on 06/15/2009




my son needed root canal on a baby tooth. he was very frightened of the dentist. i waited about 3 months until he came to me and said he wanted to have it fixed. the pediatric oral surgeon saw him that day and he wasnt scared or upset at all because it was his decision. its hard to wait but it was the best thint for him.

Desiree - posted on 06/15/2009




I would leave it in and have it filled. I believe I read somewhere that its better for the permanent teeth when they come in. But get more info from your Dentist.

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