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

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
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

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Dr. Marguerite Myers
44 years experience Dentistry
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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Fisk
11 years experience Dentistry
Yes: You can tell because baby teeth look different than adult teeth. They are usually smaller versions of the adult tooth. If you still are not sure, vi ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Fisk
11 years experience Dentistry
Yes: You can tell because baby teeth look different than adult teeth. They are usually smaller versions of the adult tooth. If you still are not sure, vi ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Location ; Size...: ... Are two ways. Add in a radiograph and a dentist's experience, and it becomes easy.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
No: The permanent tooth will not come in with decay. It is an entirely new tooth. But it is important that you treat decay in the baby teeth. So see ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
11 years experience Dentistry
Shape Size Location: Baby teeth are smaller and have much shorter roots (only seen on a x-ray). Age of the person can help determine as well. The front 4 top&bottom come ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Fisk
11 years experience Dentistry
Yes: While it may take some practice and familiarity with dental anatomy, it is usually easy to tell a baby tooth from a permanent tooth. The biggest diff ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Not always: Many factors need to be considered, including replacement tooth and the condition of the primary tooth. Your dentist is best prepared to answer what ... Read More
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Dr. Peter Certo
28 years experience Dentistry
Start : Start as soon as you can. The sooner you get him used to it, the better. Start with a finger toothbrush and progress to a baby toothbrush as soon as h ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Ask: Ask your dentist. He/she's been trained to recognize the difference. Sound's like you need a comprehensive examination. Don't put it off.
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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
48 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
It's : It's unlikely that your tooth was cracked during your cleaning visit. Oftentimes teeth can become sensitive after a cleaning and then return to norma ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Different ways: There are several different tests we can do to help ascertain a crack in the tooth.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: I am not a fan of root canals so my answer would be no. However a dentist may be able to provide a more complete answer.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. R Lee Hinson
37 years experience Dentistry
Yes. It is very easy: To tell the difference between a deciduous tooth and a permanent tooth.
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Dr. Theron Baker
13 years experience Dentistry
I'm : I'm curious where you read this information. Underbite (the bottom teeth projecting out farther than the upper teeth) does not directly impact risk fo ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Not DIY: Why isn't it loose? By all means see your dentist about this. You can't remove a baby tooth if the roots are still intact...Takes a dentist to do t ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not bothering yet !: Baby teeth require regular maintaince to prevent premature loss leading to excessive crouding and limited jaw space for adult teeth and a tendency to ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Any serious infection could cause premature labor. Antibiotics will often keep a dental abscess at bay until it can be definitively treated. It is p ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Atypical: Missing permanent teeth are more common than extra permanent teeth. Extra teeth don't fit into the arch and can cause malocclusion. Talk to your den ... Read More
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