Recently our family dentist told me to take my 12 1/2 year old son to an orthodontist because his 12 year molars are not in. He said that he can just see a tiny bit of one poking through the gum but that is what it looked like 6 months ago. He knows they are in the gum from the x-ray but says nothing has changed in 6 months. He wants him to see the othodontist because he is afraid there is not room for them (thoughg admitted he really doesn't know and did not take a panoramic x-ray) and he doesn't want them to push the other teeth out of alignment. After doing a little searching on the internet it seems to me that it is not out of the ordinary for the so called 12 year molars to come in at 13 or 14 or even older. I don't want to be sold on braces that really aren't necessary. Should I be concerned and take him to the orthodontist now or can I wait a while longer? I guess I am just looking for someone else's opinion. Thank you for your time.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 07 - April - 2009, at 20:16 PM

  • There is nothing to worry as it is very normal for 12 years molar to come at the age to 13-14 and it is very unlikely for these molars to not to have space. So you can easily wait for 6 months to 1 year and if you are very much concerned then you can go for Pano to see whether space it there or not.

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