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Doctor insights on: Adult Teeth Growing Behind Baby Teeth

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My 12 year old is growing her adult teeth behind some baby teeth?

My 12 year old is growing her adult teeth behind some baby teeth?

Crowding: Usually when permanent teeth erupt behind the baby teeth, it is due to not enough space for the tooth to erupt into the mouth. Should be evaluated by a dentist or orthodontist. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? Can rotten baby teeth affect babies? When should I take baby to the doctor?

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

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My 6yr old has his two bottom teeth growing behind his baby teeth?

My 6yr old has his two bottom teeth growing behind his baby teeth?

Not to worry: The two bottom center teeth usually grown in behind the baby teeth, this is normal path of eruption. ...Read more

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My nine year old nephew hasn't lost any of his baby teeth but his permanent teeth have started growing behind them what can we do about this?

My nine year old nephew hasn't lost any of his baby teeth but his permanent teeth have started growing behind them what can we do about this?

See Dentist: To have the offending baby teeth extracted. Usually I tell my patients that if the permanent tooth pokes up before the baby tooth comes out, give two weeks for the child to get the baby tooth out on their own. If they can not then we extract the baby tooth. If there is enough room the permanent tooth will often move in to proper position on its own after a few weeks. ...Read more

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Adult teeth growing in over baby teeth? Our son seems to have an adult tooth that is growing in front or a baby tooth without the baby tooth falling out. Is this something i'd need to schedule a special dentist appointment for? .

Adult teeth growing in over baby teeth? Our son seems to have an adult tooth that is growing in front or a baby tooth without the baby tooth falling out. Is this something i'd need to schedule a special dentist appointment for? .

Yes!: You can't have 2 teeth in the same spot at the same time. So, if the baby tooth has not fallen out when it should the adult tooth will erupt in the wrong place. Once the dentist has removed the baby tooth the adult tooth may move into the space by itself, or it may need to be guided by an orthodontist. ...Read more

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What are the differences between our baby teeth and adult teeth?

What are the differences between our baby teeth and adult teeth?

The major difference: Is that one set is temporary or disposable and the other is not. Structurally the baby teeth have a very thin enamel layer and a thinner inner or dentin layer compared to permanent teeth. Baby teeth aid in the growth and development of the jaw bones and hold space for the adult teeth to erupt. ...Read more

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Do we have the same number of baby teeth as we do adult teeth?

Do we have the same number of baby teeth as we do adult teeth?

No: Twenty primary teeth, thirty two secondary teeth (usually). In some people genetics play a role in formation of an extra tooth, or a tooth that does not form. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between baby teeth and adult teeth?

How can I tell the difference between baby teeth and adult teeth?

Different anatomy: Size, shape, color, texture of the enamel, position in the arch, appearance on x-ray. All dentists are trained to know the difference, so ask your dentist to point out any remaining baby teeth to you. As baby teeth should have all fallen out by about 12-14, is underlying permanent tooth congenitally missing or present but impacted? ...Read more

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If baby teeth are abnormal, will the adult teeth be abnormal also?

If baby teeth are abnormal, will the adult teeth be abnormal also?

Possibly: That depends on what caused the abnormality. However, most common tooth abnormalities have to do with how the tooth developed. And since baby teeth develop when you are a baby and adult teeth develop when you are a child, there could be different circumstances (nutrition, an accident, taking medications, having a surgery) when your baby teeth develop from when your adult teeth develop. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have only baby teeth as they grow into adulthood?

Is it possible for someone to have only baby teeth as they grow into adulthood?

Some: There are syndromes in which there are no permanent teeth. You should get a panoramic x-ray or image taken to check if there are permanent teeth present in the bone. ...Read more

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How long will the upper front tooth take to grow after a child looses his baby teeth?

How long will the upper front tooth take to grow after a child looses his baby teeth?

Age 6 To 8: "baby" teeth fall out usually when the permanent ones start pushing them out. Sometimes kids loose baby teeth for other reasons. Most lower and upper incisors erupt by age 6 to 8. There is also familial variants. As when parents got their adult teeth! ...Read more

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If baby teeth come in crooked, does that mean that the adult ones will be crooked also?

If baby teeth come in crooked, does that mean that the adult ones will be crooked also?

Highly likely: Baby teeth tend to be smaller than permanent teeth, so if baby teeth came in crooked due to a lack of space, it is a virtual guarantee that there won't be enough room for permanent teeth, and therefore permanents would come in crooked also. Some extraordinary factors may prove me wrong, but as a general rule that would be the case. ...Read more

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What to do if I know baby teeth start to form long before baby is born. When do adult teeth begin to form?

What to do if I know baby teeth start to form long before baby is born. When do adult teeth begin to form?

Soon: Shortly after birth the first permanent teeth start to form. Permanent teeth are starting to form until about age 13-15. If there is not Fluoride in the drinking water, a supplement should therefore be started shortly after birth for the maximum protection against decay. ...Read more

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My son is almost 11 but has only two adult teeth. No sign of losing any baby teeth. Is this something to be concerned about?

My son is almost 11 but has only two adult teeth. No sign of losing any baby teeth. Is this something to be concerned about?

Delayed eruption: Not abnormal, some children will get their teeth earlier while others later. It is normal. When children's teeth come in later than average, it is called delayed tooth eruption. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have baby teeth that need to be extracted, my grownup teeth are full grown underneath, when pulled how long will it take for teeth to grow into place?

I have baby teeth that need to be extracted, my grownup teeth are full grown underneath, when pulled how long will it take for teeth to grow into place?

Depends see a DDS: This is an unusual situation. If the permanent tooth is underneath the baby tooth it will usually resorb (dissolve) the roots of the baby tooth and erupt. You should have a panoramic x-ray taken to see the development of the permanent tooth. Is it in the correct position to erupt? Your dentist can tell you better with a radiograph. ...Read more

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Why is it our gums don't bleed and rip when our baby teeth grow in?

Why is it our gums don't bleed and rip when our baby teeth grow in?

Bleeding gums: Generally its such a slow process and your mouth heals so fast you don't notice it. If the teeth are placky you can get bleeding. ...Read more

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All my baby teeth had cavities. Help! Will my adult teeth fall out too?

All my baby teeth had cavities. Help! Will my adult teeth fall out too?

Not if: You brush at least once per day for 5 minutes covering the cheek side, tongue side, tops and behind the last teeth, floss get regular check ups and keep sugars to a minimum. ...Read more

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What happens if you pull out your baby teeth will it make your permanent teeth grow through faster?

What happens if you pull out your baby teeth will it make your permanent teeth grow through faster?

Tooth removal: No. The permanent teeth develop on their own schedule. They are not stimulated to form faster if the baby tooth that is holding it's space is removed early. Early removal of baby teeth allows the remaining teeth to drift into that space. This will result in less space for the incoming permanent teeth. So if baby teeth are removed too early a space maintainer must be made and inserted in the mout ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you pull out your baby teeth will it make your permanent teeth grow through faster?

Can you tell me if you pull out your baby teeth will it make your permanent teeth grow through faster?

See Orthodontist: Removal of baby tooth before root of permanent tooth is 2/3 formed can slow eruption of permanent tooth. Baby tooth extraction after permanent tooth 2/3 formed will enhance eruption. Before doing anything irreversible consult with an orthodontist, a dento-facial growth and development specialist. ...Read more

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I'm an adult, but still have 3 baby teeth because I was born with no adult teeth to replace them. Is this common?

I'm an adult, but still have 3 baby teeth because I was born with no adult teeth to replace them. Is this common?

Seen regularly: We see this all the time. When we do, it usually is from 1 to 4 teeth. Most of these primary (baby) teeth eventually need to be removed as they become loose in adulthood, although not always. The good news is that nowadays, they can usually be easily replaced with implant retained crowns to look as good and be as healthy and long lasting as natural teeth. 95%+ success rate! ...Read more

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I still have a baby tooth where my adult incisor (if right name) is supposed to be. Is that bad? Normal? Why do some baby teeth don't come out?

I still have a baby tooth where my adult incisor (if right name) is supposed to be. Is that bad? Normal? Why do some baby teeth don't come out?

Not normal: Usually means underlying permanent tooth is impacted or congenitally missing. As permanent and baby teeth are not the same widths, over retained baby tooth can cause bite irregularities. Ask your Dentist if the services of an Orthodontist would be prudent. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my top adult canines won't come in because the baby teeth won't move and the adult ones aren't in the right place. 1) will it hurt?

What do you suggest if my top adult canines won't come in because the baby teeth won't move and the adult ones aren't in the right place. 1) will it hurt?

Ortho consult: I suggest you consult with a local orthodontist and oral surgeon who can examine the condition and advise you of the proper course of treatment. I have seen instances where the canines are exposed and brought into place, and other times where they are extracted. Each situation is unique. ...Read more

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I had four baby teeth with no adult ones under them. Two ofthem recently decayed and fell out but no other teeth have come. Were they susceptible because I had them so long?

I had four baby teeth with no adult ones under them. Two ofthem recently decayed and fell out but no other teeth have come. Were they susceptible because I had them so long?

Probably, yes!: Baby teeth are not designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, there are some people who don't have adult teeth to replace them, like you. I would suggest you seek professional dental care to be proactive and devise a treatment plan to replace all your baby teeth. It is important that the space be replaced with some type of artificial teeth to give a complete dentition. ...Read more

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I have more baby teeth than adult teeth. I really want braces but is that a good idea?

I have more baby teeth than adult teeth. I really want braces but is that a good idea?

Need evaluation: If at age 36 you have many baby teeth present in your mouth it is important to find out if you have missing permanent teeth or impacted permanent teeth. Just because permanent teeth are missing does not mean that you need orthodontic treatment, but orthodontics can probably simplify your restorative requirement. Why not see a qualified orthodontic specialist for an examination and opinion. ...Read more

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Does pulling out baby teeth really make permanent teeth grow faster?

Does pulling out baby teeth really make permanent teeth grow faster?

Teeth: Kinda. The permanent teeth will not grow any faster; however, if the root of the tooth is 2/3 of the way grown then it will erupt quicker once the baby tooth is removed. If the baby tooth is removed too early and the permanent tooth has not developed 2/3 of the root then you will wait a long time for the permanent tooth to erupt. ...Read more

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Should we extract baby teeth molars, in a 7 year old, if the adult teeth are not present underneath?

Probably not: I would strongly advise that these teeth not be removed as long as they are not creating any problems. If there are no adult teeth to replace them, they will be very important as the child gets older to keep the all the teeth in the upper and lower arch in the correct place and position. So if they are not creating a problem for the child, please keep them in place. ...Read more

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For children, Are molars permanent already at the first grow or are they baby teeth and need to fall out?

For children, Are molars permanent already at the first grow or are they baby teeth and need to fall out?

Primary teeth: The first set of teeth that appear are the primary teeth and will be eventually lost and replaced by the secondary teeth. This exchange starts at about 5.5 years old and can continue into the teens for some children. Your child's dentist should be able to advise you further. ...Read more

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If a baby tooth is loose and there is no teeth coming out, Is it possible that the permanent teeth will grow after the baby teeth has fallen out?

If a baby tooth is loose and there is no teeth coming out, Is it possible that the permanent teeth will grow after the baby teeth has fallen out?

Yes...: Short and quick answer is yes. Permanent teeth sometimes experience difficulties cutting through the gums so it take a little longer but they do come. X-ray images can verify for you. ...Read more

Baby Teeth (Definition)

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