A 45-year-old member asked:
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how to tell whether a tooth is a baby tooth or permanent tooth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Not without an exam: You will need to see a local dentist to tell you if a tooth is a baby tooth or a secondary tooth. This cannot be answered over the internet without visualization.
Answered on May 21, 2013
Dr. Robert Brodsky
57 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Most of the time it can be decided just by looking at it. Sometimes, however, we need to get an xray.
Answered on May 23, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Dental anatomy: You can tell by the size, shape, color, position, your child's age when tooth erupted, and appearance on x-ray. Ask hour dentist, he or she will know.
Answered on Jun 4, 2013

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