We have a two-part question, the first pertains to helping us understand what our dentist
said about our 6.5 year old daughter's recent cavities
, which is "Em pt ta ll area with eating and touching, #S with DO caries
and also T also, adv.; x-ray shows caries in close prox. to nerve."
We know what S & T refer to (her two premolars
on the bottom row of HER right side of mouth). But what does "Em pt ta ll area" mean and what does "with DO caries" mean?
The second part requires this preface: a while back dentists though amalgam fillings
posed no significant problem yet they seem to have been wrong. Now we are advised to put a stainless steel
cap on tooth S for our daughter, but it leaches a bit of nickle and who knows what problems
may one day be discovered to be related to stainless steel fillings. We understand ONLY removing S tooth and leaving a gap may pose a problem (correct us if we're wrong), but what what would be the downside of (while keeping EXTREMELY good care to minimize sweets and maximize flossing/brushing) waiting until she notices pain
(to let the teeth exist for as long as possible) and then removing BOTH teeth S & T? Wouldn't that still allow her adult teeth to grow in to the best of their ability?