My son turned 7 in October, but still his baby teeth has not fallen out. Later on does it cause any reaction to his permanent teeth?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 21 - November - 2011, at 02:41 AM

  • Baby teeth usually start falling by 5-6 years of age and then are replaced with adult teeth. Lower front teeth are first ones to fall followed by upper front teeth.  In some children, baby teeth may fall by 7 years of age. If baby teeth come late in dental arch, then they will also fall late. If baby teeth don’t get loose or fall even after few months, then it can be because of retained baby teeth. There can be a possibility that the adult teeth may be missing. Your dentist will take an x-ray and will see that whether adult teeth are present or not. If adult teeth are present in the x-rays and baby teeth have not fallen, then baby teeth can be pulled out by the dentist. After baby teeth are pulled out, they will be replaced with adult teeth. If adult teeth are missing, then dentist will advise you to leave them as such and get them replaced with dental implants later on. If baby teeth don’t get loose even after few months, then you can refer to a pedodontist who is specialist in children dentistry to get your son’s teeth evaluated. He will take an x-ray and will see the positioning of adult teeth and will decide that whether extraction of baby teeth is required or not. If adult teeth comes on the back side that is the lingual side of baby teeth, then extraction of baby teeth can be done. If adult teeth are missing, then baby teeth are kept for as long as possible. For more info on eruption pattern of teeth, refer to…   http://www.identalhub.com/article_human-dentition-233.aspx

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