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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Missing teeth

09/05/2008

Question:

Some of my 20 month old son`s teeth have not come in. The lower teeth on the right side have come in but not on the left side. I am reluctant to get a x-ray. Does he need one at this time?

Answer:

The timing of eruption of baby teeth varies broadly, and it is not unusual for your 20-month-old son not to have all of his teeth by this time. He should be examined by a dentist experienced in seeing young children, but x-rays are probably not necessary at this time.

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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