My 26 month old has some quickly developing cavities on her 4 front teeth, all the rest of her teeth and gums are in great shape. The dentist (and us) believes she simply has poor enamel on those 4 teeth. We are fastidious about dental health and food and nutrition, and we are confident that nutrition-wise she is as healthy as can be. We are under dental care, she is comfortable with her dentist and laid back and lets them examine and clean her teeth - as long as they let her up when she wants to get up. We have been given options - fillings and caps (at least an hour under general anesthesia), temporary fillings (more anesthesia), or monitor, maintain her health, and if issues develop, pull baby teeth.
I'm wondering why more people don't go for that last option? Is it because cavities are ugly? Is it because of fear that infection will develop so fast that they won't get to the dentist in time? We are completely against cosmetic dentistry in a child especially after reading about needing 4 people needed to hold a terrified child down. Or at least an hour under general anesthesia to 'repair' baby teeth and make them look better. I'm trying not to be snarky - I've received some bad advice and people seem particularly passionate about this topic (rightfully so), and it breaks may heart to read about families so sad that their little ones have had dental trauma because of a perceived need for dental work. Don't get me wrong - if my little one develops pain or has problems beyond her teeth looking bad, she will be back at the dentist. I will not risk her health - but I think general anesthesia and being held down by big people while having your teeth worked on also risks her health. The dentist told us that pulling is a quick, quickly recovered procedure that is a reasonable option, if we need to.
Please share any experience you have that can help us know if we really should actually get those fillings. Or has anyone just let them be, lived with cavities until baby teeth fell out or pulled them?