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How can we know if it was a baby tooth or an adult tooth that is loose

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
Milk Tooth: Baby 's teething starts at 6 month finished at age 2 to3 years old. Permanent teething usually starts at age 6 .So you will know if that loose tooth i... Read More
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Age + dentist: The age of the child can help you decide which it is. Front 4 top and bottom are replaced between 6-8yrs by permanent teeth. The baby canines and mo... Read More

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Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dentistry 45 years experience
Intrinsic stain: If an expectant mom were prescribed the cycline family of antibiotics, then the babies permanent teeth may be intrinsically mottled when these teeth e... Read More
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Come out: The stain would be on the teeth as they emerge. It could be just on the primary teeth or also on the permanent teeth depending on what was forming wh... Read More
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Usually Tetracycline: Given in 2nd or 3rd trimester deposits in "baby" teeth. Given near term, it can deposit in the crowns of permanent teeth. It rarely affects the enamel... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Question is unclear: Please re-post your question as to the age of the child and why you are asking the question. Better yet, have the child seen by a Pedodontist who can ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Larger in size: Permanent teeth are usually larger than baby teeth and the biting edges of the front teeth are scalloped and not straight across.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
To a point...: As a parent you should be concerned, and by this age your child should already have a long standing relationship with a dentist. If not, now's the tim... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
It could be: If the secondary tooth is erupting a bit off axis, the primary root will still be present preventing the adult tooth from erupting in it's proper posi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: Anything is possible. But it's far more likely you just lost one of your adult teeth. See a dentist.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
See a dentist.: See a dentist about this.Sometimes a baby tooth like this can be left if iti is in a good position and cosemtically it looks good. If it is removed t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
It may be baby: Some patients can retain baby teeth into adulthood. A local dentist can take a look at the tooth itself and take a radiograph to let you know for sure... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
Pediatrics 50 years experience
See dentist: Check with her dentist if she had seen him/her recently or go see the dentist. May be nothing needs to be done, or the dentist may recommend to extrac... Read More

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