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Tooth extract for 6 year old

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Oct 1, 2004
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Tooth extract for 6 year old

Our dentist this week said our 6 yr olds teeth has dead roots and should be extracted. I'm seeking a second opinion next week, just wondering how many parents followed the dentists recommendations on extracting a tooth that's not yet changed? Isn't it going to fall out soon anyway? It just seems excessive extracting when there are so many ways to prevent extracting for an adult in the same situation.

Our insurance is 90% on 90% so the money is definitely not the concern. Is it necessary to find a pediatric dentist?
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Aug 5, 2008
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Is the dead tooth a result of tooth decay? Because the decay can spread to the adult tooth.
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Aug 19, 2013
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Why are the roots dead? Is the tooth bugging the child or is there a risk of infection Like you said it will fall out soon anyways so why not pull it.
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Jan 27, 2007
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Gotta be a reason the dentist is advising to pull it. Hopefully it isnt because of the money.

I think a 2nd opinion is a good idea.

Did you ask why pull is necessary vs. natural fall out?
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Mar 9, 2012
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See if your doctor can recommend a specialist that does root canals on baby teeth. My son had a few 'dead roots', I think 3 in total. But my dentist said "we can pull, but it's better to leave the teeth in, if possible." So he sent me to a dental specialist (since root canals are gong to be a horrible experience for a 6 year old, he recommended a dentist that can also do anesthesia so the child sleeps while having the work done.) Up to that point, a root canal on a baby tooth never even crossed my mind.

I see that you're in Toronto, my specialist was Dr. Wong (or his associate Dr. Tang) in Kitchener, and he was terrific. Excellent work. Luckily my coverage was 100%, as this type of work is expensive. If you're interested in looking him up, he's just off of the 401 in Kitchener (Homer Watson Drive). So likely an hour drive. But I am sure there are excellent dentists in Toronto too. Both Dr. Wang and Dr. Tang specialize in dealing with children and generally they don't take adults.