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How can we know if it was a baby tooth or an adult tooth that is loose?

How can we know if it was a baby tooth or an adult tooth that is loose?

Age + dentist: The age of the child can help you decide which it is. Front 4 top and bottom are replaced between 6-8yrs by permanent teeth. The baby canines and molars usually are not loose until 10-12yrs old. If you are concerned, go see a dentist and they can easily tell you and get xrays to make sure if needed. ...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


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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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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?

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?

Come out: The stain would be on the teeth as they emerge. It could be just on the primary teeth or also on the permanent teeth depending on what was forming while the tetracycline was taken. ...Read more

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After an X-ray a dentist told me I had 4 baby teeth with no adult ones beneath them. They didn't really elaborate. Two are loose now. What is this?

After an X-ray a dentist told me I had 4 baby teeth with no adult ones beneath them. They didn't really elaborate. Two are loose now. What is this?

Evolutionary trend: Unlike our prehistoric ancestors, we don't need to protect ourselves and eat food the way they did. It's an evolutionary trend to have smaller jaws and occasionally less teeth. Primary (baby) teeth are not meant to last a lifetime, and without permanent ones to replace them, tend to loosen in early adulthood. Consult with your dentist as to possible orthodontic treatment, implants or a combination. ...Read more

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How loose is too loose for a baby tooth?

How loose is too loose for a baby tooth?

Question is unclear: Please re-post your question as to the age of the child and why you are asking the question. Better yet, have the child seen by a Pedodontist who can actually see and evaluate the tooth in question. ...Read more

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How to tell a baby tooth from an adult tooth?

How to tell a baby tooth from an adult tooth?

Ask your dentist: Baby teeth can be smaller and have shorter roots. The best way to tell is to have someone who can tell the difference just by looking. A dentist can do that. ...Read more

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Adult tooth coming in behind baby tooth, should I be concerned?

To a point...: As a parent you should be concerned, and by this age your child should already have a long standing relationship with a dentist. If not, now's the time to start. Have the child evaluated not only for cavities but also for secondary tooth eruption... Your local dentist is best prepared to advise you if any treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it normal that adult tooth coming in behind baby tooth?

Can you tell me is it normal that adult tooth coming in behind baby tooth?

This can happen: And I have observed this hundreds of times over the years. This may signify a crowding problem. Tends to happen in the front teeth in some children w limited space. Please make sure the child is evaluated by his/her dentist and ask about this issue. Early orthodontic consult might be indicated and maybe early interceptive treatment may be in order, depends on age and situation. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to leave a baby tooth in when an adult tooth is about to come through?

Is it likely bad to leave a baby tooth in when an adult tooth is about to come through?

Best to remove: It's not bad, bad, but it can be a continuing trap for bacteria and food particles and can lead to gingival (gum) inflammation or infection. It's best to remove the baby tooth. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for when an adult still has one baby tooth without a permanent one above it?

What is the medical term for when an adult still has one baby tooth without a permanent one above it?

Retained primary: Retained primary tooth due to missing permanent tooth. Genetics usually are to blame when you are missing an adult tooth to replace your baby tooth. I've seen them last into people's 40s. Sometimes they need to pulled and an implant or alternative treatment is needed to maintain the space. ...Read more

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My daughters 1st baby tooth has been loose for 3wks new tooth has surfaced behind it but baby one hasn't made any progress to come out. What can I do?

My daughters 1st baby tooth has been loose for 3wks new tooth has surfaced behind it but baby one hasn't made any progress to come out. What can I do?

See dentist: Check with her dentist if she had seen him/her recently or go see the dentist. May be nothing needs to be done, or the dentist may recommend to extract the baby tooth to allow the permanent tooth to home out straight. Some people may recommend yanking the baby tooth out, but I don't have the heart to do so! ...Read more

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Is it common to have your baby tooth removed and adult tooth bridged?

Is it common to have your baby tooth removed and adult tooth bridged?

Yes: But nowadays it is also common to place a dental implant. It depends on the amount of space available and the condition of the adjacent teeth.

Ask your dentist what is best for you. ...Read more

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Can it hurt to get a baby tooth pulled out if its not loose?

Can it hurt to get a baby tooth pulled out if its not loose?

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

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After you get a baby tooth pulled, how long does it take for the adult tooth to grow in?

Depends: 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

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I have a baby tooth that just came out. I'm 31 already, so will an adult tooth grow in its place?

I have a baby tooth that just came out. I'm 31 already, so will an adult tooth grow in its place?

VERY doubtful: You will most likely need an implant or bridge or other. If you do have a permanent tooth come through I want to know, because that would be a first for me. See a dentist for consult. ...Read more

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I'm 27 and I still have a baby tooth that has not fully grown its loose, its right next to my front right tooth. Should I yank it out?

I'm 27 and I still have a baby tooth that has not fully grown its loose, its right next to my front right tooth. Should I yank it out?

NO: See a dentist who can then discuss your options. Even if it's loose, there may remain small root fragments that you would be unaware of and possibly cause problems either now or in the future. See if you are a candidate for a dental implant. You can have a temporary tooth replacement in the meantime. See a professional for the right treatment and the right guidance. ...Read more

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My kids permanent tooth is loose because a baby tooth next to the permanent tooth has a tooth growing in behind it, what should I do he is 13?

My kids permanent tooth is loose because a baby tooth next to the permanent tooth has a tooth growing in behind it, what should I do he is 13?

Get it checked: Real hard to answer without an exam and an x-ray. It's pretty unlikely that a baby tooth will displace a grownup tooth so maybe there is even an extra one in there! Don't worry - bring him in to get it checked and see what's actually going on. 13 is a little delayed to be getting teeth anyway so an orthodontic check is probably in order. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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Loose permanent tooth because baby tooth with permanent tooth growing in behind it is pushing it out. On 13 year old son.?

Loose permanent tooth because baby tooth with permanent tooth growing in behind it is pushing it out. On 13 year old son.?

Orthodontics: This is a good time to see your orthodontist. As it sounds like your son may be a little behind schedule. Normally around 12 years of age is when the baby teeth should be exfoliated. The orthodontist can make a treatment plan that can help your son for life. Make sure that he has good brushing habits as this will greatly effect the results of any orthodontic appliance. ...Read more

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My baby tooth has been loose and it just came out. Some gum came out too in it. Also it was my baby tooth and I hadno bleeding. What should I do?

OK: Deciduous / baby tooth that comes out on its schedule usually does not bleed much or at all. Little bit of tissue can be cleaned off so tooth can be saved for posterity (or at least the tooth fairy). ...Read more

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I have a baby tooth in gront of my adult cannine. I would like to know if I can get an booth toothsremoved and get an implant instead.?

I have a baby tooth in gront of my adult cannine. I would like to know if I can get an booth toothsremoved and get an implant instead.?

Needs evaluation: Always better to have your own teeth than titanium replacements. Make an appointment for an orthodontic consultation. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a molar tooth is still a baby tooth and not an adult tooth?

How can I tell if a molar tooth is still a baby tooth and not an adult tooth?

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

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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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I still have a baby tooth and im 23 it feels loose but im scared to pull it because of the fear of not having one to come in place what do I do?

I still have a baby tooth and im 23 it feels loose but im scared to pull it because of the fear of not having one to come in place what do I do?

Can be corrected: Some people do have retained baby teeth. In most of these instances, they do not have a permanent tooth to take its place. It is common to loose this baby tooth since it is not the same size of permanent tooth and has short roots. Your dentist can replace this tooth with an implant. It can last a very long time. ...Read more

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I'm 15 and I have a few baby teeth left and one of my teeth is loose and I'm not sure if that's a baby tooth or not. I'm a little concerned thank you?

I'm 15 and I have a few baby teeth left and one of my teeth is loose and I'm not sure if that's a baby tooth or not. I'm a little concerned thank you?

If you're under 16yr: Thanks for your interest in HealthTap. Your question might not get answered if you are under age 16 years and writing your own questions. Have a trusted adult or parent submit your questions, using your account to ask about your concerns. There are many pediatricians on HealthTap with a great deal of expertise, but they look for questions submitted by adults on behalf of teens or younger children. ...Read more

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Baby tooth growing in sideways? Our two year old has a tooth that seems to be growing in almost sideways. Should we make a special trip to the dentist for this? Will the adult tooth grow in the same way, and could this tooth need to be pulled? .

Baby tooth growing in sideways? Our two year old has a tooth that seems to be growing in almost sideways. Should we make a special trip to the dentist for this? Will the adult tooth grow in the same way, and could this tooth need to be pulled? .

Absolutely: At 2 what you are looking at may be a 1st deciduous (baby) molar, which looks different on eruption than the thinner incisors and canes that have already come in. To make sure, hover, go see a dentist. 1st dental appointment age 1 to check growth and development, diet, fluorides, oral hygiene, etc. ...Read more

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Our two year is going in for her first dentist visit. What should we expect? I know we should have had her in when she got her first baby tooth, but we didn't. What should we expect, and what will be different from a normal adult visit to the dentist? .

Our two year is going in for her first dentist visit. What should we expect? I know we should have had her in when she got her first baby tooth, but we didn't. What should we expect, and what will be different from a normal adult visit to the dentist? .

Exam and education: The first visit for a 2 year old should be relatively quick and easy. The dentist will do an exam. This exam may be while the child is on your lap, or it may be while they are in the chair--depending upon your child. They, or the staff, will also discuss general oral care for you child.
In our office we usually start cleaning and Fluoride treatments at 3 years old, but this can vary. ...Read more

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How can I tell an adult tooth from a baby tooth when looking in a child's mouth?

How can I tell an adult tooth from a baby tooth when looking in a child's mouth?

Depends on the tooth: If you are looking at the front 4 teeth (incisors), the adult tooth will usually have little ridges on the edge, called mamelons which aid in eruption of the adult teeth. For the adult canines, the angled part of the tooth that makes the point is shorter on the side towards the front teeth and longer on the other side. The baby canines will be opposite. Generally baby teeth are whiter in color. ...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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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

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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.

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.

Symptoms of abscess: There are often times that abscessed teeth are assymptomatic. However, swelling, pus, pain and sensitivity to hot or cold or pressure are indicators. If you have pain without a stimulus, it is a bad sign. Either way, it's time to see a dentist. ...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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How to help loose baby teeth come out? My daughter has a loose tooth that she wants to hurry up and have come out. Is there anything she can do to help loosen it, or should she just leave it alone and let it run its course? .

How to help loose baby teeth come out? My daughter has a loose tooth that she wants to hurry up and have come out. Is there anything she can do to help loosen it, or should she just leave it alone and let it run its course? .

She: She can keep wiggling it with her fingers. Some of our little patients also have been encouraged to eat more thjan their share of apples. Not cut up, bite into them & have had some success in speeding up the process. But sometimes, you just can't do anything to control mother nature. Have patience, it will happen. ...Read more

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What age do you loose your last baby tooth? If a 14 year old child has a lot of plaque build up on their teeth can this prevent baby teeth from falling out? Is it normal for a 14 year old to still have some of her baby teeth? Is plaque black in color and

What age do you loose your last baby tooth? If a 14 year old child has a lot of plaque build up on their teeth can this prevent baby teeth from falling out? Is it normal for a 14 year old to still have some of her baby teeth? Is plaque black in color and

As: As stated by the other docs the black buildup is probably tarter that needs to be professional removed. It is not the cause for retaining baby teeth. Usually we would expect these all to be lost somewhere between 11-12, although slower patterns of these teeth being lost are not always abnormal. Have your dentist check this out to determine if any intervention is necessary by an orthodontist or if it's ok to let nature take it's course. ...Read more

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Do children who are just getting their baby teeth need to see the dentist as often as adults? Our daughter just got her first tooth and I'm going to schedule her first visit to the dentist, and am wondering if she will also need to see the dentist every s

Do children who are just getting their baby teeth need to see the dentist as often as adults? Our daughter just got her first tooth and I'm going to schedule her first visit to the dentist, and am wondering if she will also need to see the dentist every s

Yes: Children and adults should be seen every 6 months. Cranio-facial growth and development has to be monitored. Also, because the enamel in baby teeth is thinner and structured differently than permanent tooth enamel, if a cavity starts it can progress very rapidly. Dentist will want to monitor oral hygiene, sealants, fluoride, diet, etc. Good call to make appointment now. ...Read more

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How are cavities in baby teeth filled? Our three year old son is going to need a cavity in a baby tooth filled, and we would like some idea of what the procedure will be like. Is it the same as for adults? .

How are cavities in baby teeth filled? Our three year old son is going to need a cavity in a baby tooth filled, and we would like some idea of what the procedure will be like. Is it the same as for adults? .

Pretty much: Fillings in children's teeth are anatomically adjusted to match the shape of baby teeth, but the procedures are pretty much the same. Dentists are really pretty good at making the experience easy and comfortable for your child. Once the cavity is filed, talk to your dentist about proper brushing, mandatory flossing, diet, sealants, and fluoride, to reduce risk of further problems. ...Read more