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How to tell whether a tooth is a baby tooth or permanent tooth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
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.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Geriatrics 59 years experience
Yes: Most of the time it can be decided just by looking at it. Sometimes, however, we need to get an xray.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
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.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell whether a tooth is a baby tooth or permanent tooth just by looking at it?

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Dr. Craig Fisk
Dentistry 13 years experience
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 difference is the tooth's size. With few exceptions. Baby teeth typically look like smaller (1/2 size) versions of their permanent counterparts.

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