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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
My 18 month old son has an extra tooth. It is located in the front near his eye tooth. It’s fully out. Do you think I should get it pulled or wait to see if it falls out on its own?
Thanks for the question. I would have it evaluated by a pediatric dentist -- in some cases, an 'extra tooth' can actually be a normal tooth in the incorrect position.
In other cases there may be a partial or total fusion with another tooth. A pediatric dentist (or a general dentist who is trained in treating young children) will be able to provide a comprehensive 'treatment plan' to monitor or possibly remove the extra tooth.
Hope that helps.
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati