A 44-year-old member asked:
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is there a way to see if it is a baby/deciduous tooth or an adult tooth before it comes out?

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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.
Answered on Jan 1, 2014
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Radiograph: Your dentist will have a radiograph of the tooth in question and can make that determination.
Answered on Jan 1, 2014
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Different anatomy: Baby teeth are sized and shaped differently than permanent teeth. Additionally permanent teeth don't fall out on their own unless you have exceptionally advanced gum disease. Please see your family dentist now for evaluation and discussion of replacement treatment.
Answered on Jan 2, 2014

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