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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Baby teeth

02/21/2006

Question:

My son is 7 and has lost one tooth in the front on the bottom, that permanent tooth was already coming in and now the permanent tooth next to it is coming in but the baby tooth is still there and a little wiggly but not very. Will this cause his permanent teeth to be crooked?

Answer:

The transition from primary (baby) teeth to permanent teeth is not always smooth. Particularly in the lower, front region it is common for permanent teeth to begin to erupt before the baby tooth is lost. This does not necessarily mean that your child will have crooked permanent teeth, but the situation should be monitored closely by your dentist.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University