Permanent Teeth Grow Behind Baby Teeth

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What is Shark Teeth?

Children’s adult teeth come in before their baby teeth are out. This can cause crowding because there are two rows of teeth.

What Causes “Shark Teeth”

Generally, when permanent teeth begin to grow up (usually when your child is between 5 to 7 years old) the tooth pushes on and breaks the roots connecting the baby tooth to the gum line. The baby tooth will become loose and will eventually fall out.

However, if the baby tooth’s roots to not break this will force the permanent tooth to have to move around the baby teeth. Most commonly, this causes the shark tooth phenomenon where the permanent teeth grow in behind the baby teeth.

What Should You Do If Your Child Has 2 Rows of Teeth?

  • If the tooth is loose you should encourage your child to try and wiggle it out. If the tooth is very loose it may come out on its own which is the best outcome.
  • If the tooth is not very loose or not loose at all you will need to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist can perform a tooth extraction to remove the baby teeth.
After tooth extraction for the first shark teeth

What Happens if You Don’t Treat Double-Teeth?

Seeing your pediatric dentist for double teeth is important because if it’s not treated, teeth will shift and may require orthodontics to reposition the teeth properly in the future.

 

What Happens After Teeth Extraction?

Dentist suggest eating ice cream after tooth extraction to  soothes the pain that extraction may cause. (Be sure to stick to soft-serve and avoid crunchy type)

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