Parents sometimes feel that because their children have “baby” teeth that will eventually fall out, there is no need to fix a problem that may arise with those teeth. The truth is that baby teeth or deciduous/primary teeth are very important. Along with obvious reasons like chewing and talking, primary teeth also help to keep space in your child’s mouth so adult teeth that are forming under the gum tissue can erupt (teeth coming into the mouth).
If a baby tooth is missing earlier than it should be due to decay and subsequent removal, there could be an issue for the permanent tooth to erupt because drifting or tilting of the surrounding teeth can occur. This can affect proper alignment of permanent teeth and can be costly to fix down the road with orthodontia (braces).
If a baby tooth has a cavity, it is important to have the cavity removed and a filling placed even though the baby tooth will eventually fall out. If a primary tooth has a cavity, it can cause the permanent tooth growing underneath to become misshapen and discolored. 1