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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Teething problems

01/30/2009

Question:

Our son is almost 10months old now and was born with a cyst-like tissue on his lower front gum. We were initially told that it would eventually fall out. However, as months progressed it became a apparent that it was actually a tooth when he was 3 months old. It is still there but our concern is that no other teeth have emerged and the existing one appears to be abnormally big with a sharp end. We are very worried in case this may contribute to the other teeth not emerging and wonder if we should have this one surgically removed.

Answer:

It is most likely that this is one of your child's baby front teeth. Have him examined by a pediatric dentist, who may take an x-ray to determine exactly which tooth it is and will advise you on any needed treatment.

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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