11 doctors weighed in:
Does pulling out baby teeth really make permanent teeth grow faster?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Some children lose their baby teeth secondary to trauma, and they do not have any earlier eruption of adult teeth.

In brief: No
Some children lose their baby teeth secondary to trauma, and they do not have any earlier eruption of adult teeth.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Complex
Order and timing of eruption of permanent teeth a complex genetically determined sequence of events.
Depending on many factors, extracting baby teeth may enhance or restrict permanent tooth eruption, and may cause malpositions of adjacent or opposing teeth. Best space maintainer is a healthy baby tooth.

In brief: Complex
Order and timing of eruption of permanent teeth a complex genetically determined sequence of events.
Depending on many factors, extracting baby teeth may enhance or restrict permanent tooth eruption, and may cause malpositions of adjacent or opposing teeth. Best space maintainer is a healthy baby tooth.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Absolutely not
Baby or primary teeth must stay until they can fall naturally on their own.
They do not just help to chew food . They also keep the space for the permanent teeth to come in. It is very important to keep them clean and healthy until it is time for them to fall out naturally.

In brief: Absolutely not
Baby or primary teeth must stay until they can fall naturally on their own.
They do not just help to chew food . They also keep the space for the permanent teeth to come in. It is very important to keep them clean and healthy until it is time for them to fall out naturally.
Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dr. Maryam Chiani
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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
The exception, of course, would be in cases of ankylosed primary teeth.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
In brief: Yes and no
Removing primary (baby) teeth will not make them "grow" faster. However, if the permanent tooth is developing off at a slight angle and the roots of the baby teeth are not resorbing (dissolving) normally, these baby teeth may be considered over-retained and removing them often allow for the permanent tooth to "erupt" faster into the mouth.
On the other hand, leaving them alone may delay eruption.

In brief: Yes and no
Removing primary (baby) teeth will not make them "grow" faster. However, if the permanent tooth is developing off at a slight angle and the roots of the baby teeth are not resorbing (dissolving) normally, these baby teeth may be considered over-retained and removing them often allow for the permanent tooth to "erupt" faster into the mouth.
On the other hand, leaving them alone may delay eruption.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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