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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Central incisors

04/25/2007

Question:

Hi, I have a 7 year old son whose front central incisor has broken a bit and cracked after a fall from his bike. (his baby tooth (incisor has already fallen out). i want to know if his incisor is going to grow back if i will have it pull it out. hope to get a reply soon.

Answer:

When a tooth fractures, none of it "grows back".  It's important to see your dentist to evaluate the broken tooth and to see if there is damage to any adjacent teeth.  Even a minor injury can sometimes damage the nerves and blood vessels in the center of the tooth, so have your son see a dentist soon.

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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