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Permanent Tooth Growing Over Baby “Shark” Teeth; When to Call Pediatric Dentist & More

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Most children are quite excited to have a visit from the Tooth Fairy. As parents monitor their kids’ teeth, some parents may notice that the permanent teeth are growing in and the baby teeth are not even loose. Around age 6, children usually start to lose their baby teeth. Often referred to as “shark teeth,” there are actually common instances when the permanent teeth can grow in behind baby teeth. In some cases, the situation can fix itself, but this condition is fairly common. Today, we at Smile Reef would like to further expound on when permanent teeth come in before the baby teeth.

Permanent Tooth Growing Behind Another Tooth

When the size of the permanent tooth is too large for the space occupied by the baby tooth, the permanent teeth usually grow in behind baby teeth. Commonly causing two rows of teeth along the lower jaw, overcrowding, or when a permanent tooth that doesn’t fully erupt forward, occurs. Generally, the baby teeth become loose and fall out when the root is all but gone. In some individuals, the permanent teeth miss the baby teeth and push through the gums behind them. The baby teeth stay in place because nothing is pushing and dissolving their roots. More often than not, this condition is not painful, and will even fix itself when the baby teeth fall out without assistance. The permanent teeth should shift into their proper position once the baby teeth are gone and the new space opens up.

When to Call Pediatric Dentist for Baby Tooth Not Falling Out

There are a few factors involved when you should make an appointment with your child’s dentist. They include the following:
1) After several weeks if the baby teeth have not come out.
2) A premature loss in baby molars, causing remaining baby teeth closing the gap, it eliminates the space for the permanent molar to come through.
3) Meaning the tongue can neither push the baby teeth out nor the permanent teeth forward, the upper-front baby teeth will not come out.

Pediatric Dental Care

The permanent teeth should move into the space in time if your child can wiggle their tooth and cause it to fall out on its own. The permanent teeth come in crooked and worsen overcrowding from the initial crowding caused by stubborn baby teeth. To make room for the permanent teeth, a dentist can remove the baby teeth. To check the baby tooth’s roots, can X-ray may be taken. The dentist may trim some of the neighboring baby teeth if there is not enough room for the permanent teeth to come in. Within a few weeks or a couple of months, the permanent teeth should shift into their final position. Your child may have to see an orthodontist to correct their alignment if the permanent teeth do not move into the correct position. If you are concerned about your child’s baby teeth still in place while the permanent teeth erupt, call in the experts of Smile Reef. With you appointment, we can take the appropriate X-Rays and determine the best course of action.

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