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Broken baby tooth



my 10yld has broken one of his baby teeth which had a filling in it, the root is still in his gum & he is not in any pain should he still be seen


Thank you for the question. Yes, he should be seen. It's impossible to tell just from looking 'how much' of the root is still present. While it may just be a tooth that's ready to come out, a dentist can tell you if there is a piece of the tooth that remains and needs to be removed. In the late or chronic stages of dental infection there may in fact be no pain, but this can vary. Hope this helps.

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Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati