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A 34-year-old female asked:

My 11 year old daughter only has 8 permanent teeth and the others are baby. should we just wait the baby teeth to fall out? is this a late eruption?

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Dr. Stuart Winkler
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis 49 years experience
Baby teeth: Parents often worry that something is wrong when a child's baby teeth do not fall out as expected. Most of the time everything is just fine. Sometimes there are other problems which can delay the falling out of baby teeth. Extra teeth can block the normal eruption. Have her see a dentist and get X-rays.
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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 39 years experience
Panorex to evaluate: Is the question in reference to orthodontic care? Have the dentist or orthodontist take a panorex to determine the eruption pattern of the secondary teeth.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
The 3 categories of : delayed eruption of permanent teeth are local factors, systemic conditions & generalized delay. Take her to a pediatric dentist, a periodontist, to evaluate her for local factors & provide any needed treatment. If none are found, take her to her pediatrician to evaluate her for genetic, congenital or acquired medical causes (like hypothyroidism) & provide any needed treatment,
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
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Don't wait for her deciduous teeth to " fall out". Do see a pediatric or family dentist first.
Nov 13, 2015
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 52 years experience
11 yr old daughter: I'm not sure what your question is. Should you wait for what? Take her to the dentist for an exam and x-rays to check on the presence, location and eruption of the permanent teeth.
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Last updated Nov 14, 2015

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