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4 year old has dermatomyositis ( rare , 1 in a million for juvenile males); an immune disorder. He has been getting meds and can walk again. However a side affect of meds is that he has 8 cavities. The dentist says at least one needs a crown. I expect he will need more before long.

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    You'll need to consult another dentist if you want a second opinion. Medical advice is off topic here.
    – Carey Gregory
    Apr 28, 2018 at 15:36
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    What medications are being blamed for the cavities? Apr 28, 2018 at 23:13
  • I gues I could ask the question with no background, then I don't think it would be advice. Apr 29, 2018 at 20:42
  • I got a different spin on the situation; The meds required hours of IV every week in addition to daily shots ( for a 3 yr old) so inducements and rewards of candy were liberally applied. Apr 30, 2018 at 0:23
  • That makes more sense. May 20, 2018 at 20:31

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The reason that dentists might want to crown a baby tooth instead of removing it is to prevent crowding of the jaw from premature tooth loss, and to prevent the decay spreading to adjacent teeth.

http://www.aapd.org/events/stainless_steel_crown_indications_and_technique_for_placement/

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  • Why do you answer questions you know are off topic and the plague of this site?
    – Carey Gregory
    Apr 29, 2018 at 4:33
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    @CareyGregory I did not provide specific medical advice. I just pointed out that pediatric dentists do this procedure. If you thought the question were off topic I expected it to be down voted. Apr 29, 2018 at 7:16

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