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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Missing upper central incisors

10/02/2007

Question:

My 11 month old son cut his lower cetral incisors at 9 months. His lower lateral incisors followed. Now it appears that he is getting his upper lateral incisors. The spaces for his upper centrals are ompletly empty, but a little more swollen than the rest of his gums. Is this an indication that something is wrong. Should we take him to his pediatrician or a pediodontist?

Answer:

The timing and sequence of eruption of primary (baby) teeth is highly variable, and it is unlikely that your child is missing his upper central incisors. Those teeth will probably erupt in the next month or two, but it is not too early to have him see a pediatric dentist for his first dental visit.

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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