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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
Permanent tooth nowhere in sight
My 11-year-old son lost the tooth next to his two upper front teeth on the right (sorry I don`t know the number) in November, and the new tooth is not yet making even a hint of an appearance. He lost the tooth right next to that one about a month ago and there`s no sign of that permanent tooth either. Could he be missing two permanent teeth? What is the likeliest explanation? We go to the pedodontist in two weeks for his semi-annual checkup, but a friend of mine mentioned the possibility of missing teeth today and that never even occurred to me.
The estimation for overall number of missing teeth in the population is about 3%. I would definitely mention your concern to your pediatric dentist - he will be able to follow up with appropriate X-rays and an examination. The key is diagnosing early so that a proper plan of action can be formulated in terms of treatment timing. Thanks for your question.
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati