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i have two teeth on right side that doubled in size this last year or so. why is that? there is a missing tooth between them.

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Dr. Neal Tamura
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
See dentist!: Although your teeth appear larger, I think instead the space between the two (because is missing tooth) has grown smaller. Teeth cannot get larger. However teeth constantly shift and often shift to close spaces. This shifting leads to bite changes, tooth profile changes , an increase in gum disease and decay. A general collapse of your bite . These changes are quite damaging.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Age 10: By age 10 crowns of all the permanent teeth, with possible exception of wisdom teeth, have completely formed. If erupted teeth appear more prominent, it may be because they are shifting and gums are receding. Please have your Dentist take a look. He/she will have preexisting clinical records and x-rays that can be used for comparison. You may need Ortho, Perio, and/or Restorative Rx.

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