Permanent Teeth Coming In Before Baby Teeth Fall Out
If you notice your child's permanent teeth coming in behind the baby teeth, you are not alone. This condition is fairly common and often fixes itself in time. Other times, the baby teeth need a little nudge from a dentist to help make room for the permanent teeth. A Kool Smiles dentist can help with a quick fix.
Why Do Permanent Teeth Teeth Come In Before Baby Teeth Fall Out?
Normally, when permanent teeth are ready to come in, they push up against the roots of the baby teeth and make them dissolve. When the root is all but gone, the baby teeth become loose and fall out.
Sometimes, the permanent teeth miss the baby teeth and push through the gums behind them. With nothing pushing and dissolving their roots, the baby teeth stay put, crowding the teeth and causing a condition often referred to as "shark teeth."
"Shark teeth" affects about 10% of all children, is not painful and often fixes itself when the baby teeth finally fall out on their own. With the baby teeth gone and new space opened up, the permanent teeth should shift into their proper position.
When You Should See A Dentist About Shark Teeth
If your child's baby teeth don't fall out a couple of weeks after the permanent teeth come in behind them, you should see a dentist. The crowding caused by stubborn baby teeth can make the permanent teeth come in crooked and crowd other teeth trying to come in.
A dentist can help make room for the permanent teeth by simply removing the baby teeth, which at that point may be very loose. If there is still not enough room for the permanent teeth to come in properly, the dentist may trim some of the neighboring baby teeth. Once there is enough room, the permanent teeth will shift into their final position within a few weeks or months.
At Kool Smiles, we have lots of experience easily removing baby teeth from kids. Our kid-friendly dentists can make your child feel comfortable and happy to have a gift or two for the tooth fairy. Find your nearby Kool Smiles office and call to make an appointment today!