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Abscessed Baby Tooth
The first teeth which are shed and replaced by permanent teeth. The first primary tooth comes in at about 6 months of age and the 20th and last primary tooth erupts at around 2 1/2 years of age. The primary teeth are replaced beginning usually at about age 6. Also called baby teeth, milk teeth, temporary ...Read more
See a dentist: Most likely, what you are seeing is something called an eruption cyst. Eruption cysts are not uncommon and are nothing to worry about. However, you must go to a dentist to determine if, in fact, this is an eruption cyst. ...Read more
Decay: A deciduous tooth, like a secondary or permanent tooth can have an abscess if bacteria get into the pulp tissue. Bacteria decay the tooth, and if untreated, it can abscess. A deciduous tooth can be saved by having a root canal treatment, if a second tooth is not coming. Ask your dentist for a referral to an endodontist if they don't do root canal treatment on a primary tooth. ...Read more
What are symptoms of an abscess/infection under an impacted baby tooth (perm tooth grew sideways). Would I know?
Swelling: The gums around and under the baby tooth would usually be swollen and can be angry red to purplish-blue. ...Read more
Would it be obvious if you had an abscess/infection under an impacted tooth? What would be the signs/symptoms? I have a baby tooth w/ impacted adult.
2day my kid's treated (1month ago)baby tooth abcess isback, ruptured. She's fine, no fever, no swelling. Cant find dentist, could this wait till monday?
No: Infection should be treated asap. Seek the services of a pediatric dental specialist. ...Read more
Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?
Yes. Peds dentist: Rotten baby teeth can reflect more than poor hygiene, and can sometimes be a sign of a nutritional or systemic disorder. Although they will be replaced by adult teeth, rotten teeth and associated bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart disease in adults. Get your baby to a pediatric dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more
If a mother took tetracycline during pregnancy, would the infant's baby teeth come out stained - or would they emerge white and stain over time?
What is best for a 3 yr old. Baby root canal or getting the tooth pulled? I believe she has a abscess on her gum above her gray front tooth.
Baby root canal: I would suggest trying to keep the baby teeth as long as possible. Baby teeth help keep the space for the permanent teeth. However, if the infection cannot be resolved with a pulpotomy "baby root canal". Then I would suggest getting the tooth out to prevent chronic infection and possible damage to the permanent tooth bud underneath the gum. ...Read more
Nope: Really loose teeth are really easy to extract. ...Read more
Depends: It depends upon why it needs to be pulled in the 1st place. If there is not enough room it may be helpful in the short run... But just to pull a tooth for no reason can cause crowding problems later. Talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of removing a baby tooth for your child. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No: This is better done by a professional. ...Read more
Yes: We see this a lot in kids. ...Read more
Nope: Just as easy as a secondary tooth, if not easier (smaller roots). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
It depends on why you needed to have your baby tooth pulled and where the permanent tooth is situated. At 16 most of the time all of the baby teeth have been lost and the permanent teeth erupted.
Your dentist should be able to give you an answer to this question since he knows your mouth. ...Read more
Baby tooth: Retained by teeth can last for a long time but many of the, do develop problems. Just like your other teeth you may have a cavity, recession, or an infection in the surrounding gum tissue. See a dentist to find out what is going on no what treatment is needed. Many time retained baby teeth need to be removed at some time in adulthood. ...Read more
I have a baby tooth that just came out. I'm 31 already, so will an adult tooth grow in its place?
Unknown: It is unknown what will happen unless a dental x-ray is done to see if there is a permanent tooth available to replace. ...Read more
Can you tell whether a tooth is a baby tooth or permanent tooth, if you don't recall it falling out?
Yes: You can tell because baby teeth look different than adult teeth. They are usually smaller versions of the adult tooth. If you still are not sure, visit your dentist and he or she can tell by looking at it or taking an xray. There you can also find out what happened to the adult tooth. ...Read more