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HELP!! My Son Has a Big Tooth Coming In..

My son and I were just looking at his baby teeth and he has a huge tooth coming in behind two baby teeth..I know the simple solution is to take him to the dentist..BUT his baby teeth are not loose..Anyone else ever had that happen to one of their kids??
Im going to call the dentist..it just looks weird.
Thanks!!

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welp..we went to a dentist and a pediatric dentist..the first dentist said yes, and my soon would not cooperate and then the pediatric dentist said that she wanted them to fall out on their own or the molars and such would push forward and he wouldnt have room for his bottom adult teeth to come in..we have 2 shark teeth now..and have lost one baby tooth.
Ang

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I also have 4 boys and I always hated to see their new teeth come in and baby teeth come out. Their whole looks changed. That just happened to my 6 y/o and I freaked out as well. His mouth is so small. However, it all works out as they continue to grow and the baby teeth eventually loosen up and come out. Don't stress out and haul him to the dentist unless it is painful for him.

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My son had two teeth coming in behind. My wonderful dentist told us to just start wiggling those baby teeth. Put ambesol on them and wiggle. Because the adult tooth is coming in, the roots of the baby are dying off. Just put ambesol or oragel around the teeth and start slowly wiggling. They will loosen up and before you know it, they will be out.

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My almost 6 year old daughter has the same thing, although her baby tooth in front of it is a little loose. We brought her in to the dentist and he basically just said to keep wiggling and working on getting the baby tooth out. We're supposed to go back in 6 months for a recheck. The permanent tooth is coming in quite crooked, but he said it may straighten out once there is more room for it.

P.S.- It's called "shark teeth". My daughter thinks it's fun that she has a shark tooth.

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We just had this happen with my 7 yr old daughters 2 front teeth. The baby teeth will usually fall out and make room for the permanent teeth. The permanent teeth may come in behind the baby teeth before there loose but after the baby teeth fall out the new ones will move forward and go into place=)My daughter's permanent teeth have pushed through behind her baby teeth and she currently has 4 front teeth, lol, looks funny but her dentist says it's very normal. If the baby teeth dont fall out on there own then you should call your childs dentist. I hope that eases your mind a bit=)

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They will usually pull the baby teeth because if the baby teeth don't come out asap that permanent tooth has a high likely hood of coming in super crooked and messed up which can mess up the rest of his mouth. If you want to save him from needing braces or messing up his other teeth I'd have them pulled.

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Hello! My daughter is seven and she just had the same problem. She is a late bloomer when it comes to teeth falling out. She lost her first, a bottom tooth last December and her second this March. She lost her first, then got one growing behind her fallen out tooth and her loose tooth right next to it. I brought her to the dentist right away but he said that this is fairly common and the loose tooth would get looser, told her to wiggle it like crazy and if it didn't fall out on its own then he would pull it. So, tell your son to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!!

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This is normal. My older son lost both of his front teeth when he was 4 1/2. They were his first and second teeth lost and they happened one day apart. The cause: the permanent teeth were coming in and "pushed" them out. I didn't even know notice the new teeth until after the baby teeth fell out! (He never had that cute little gap that most kids have.)

It's now 6 years later and we are still having the same "problem". He just lost a tooth last evening (finally!). When you looked at his mouth, you could actually see both teeth at the same time--one behind the other. It was really weird looking!!! ...and this was the second time that this same thing happened (once on either side of his mouth.)

I had taken him to the dentist for his check-up in February and asked if we should have the baby teeth pulled, but our dentist told me that it was not necessary, that the tooth would come out on his own. He was right!

Good luck and try not to worry!

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My daughter had the same thing, but there were two teeth there. I took her to dentist and they ended up pulling the bottom four teeth. What happens when you end up with teeth like that is the secondary tooth that is coming in is not able to dissolve the roots on the primary tooth. It is not in the socket. My daughters teeth moved into place eventually as we had them removed soon enough, even though she did have two sets of braces, the sooner it is taken care of the less problems later. I have a student whom I teach that I really had to convince mom to get her in as she had six teeth in the front (three primary and three secondary), this not only affected her teeth, but her speech as well. Hope that you found this helpful. D.

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My 6 year old just went through the same thing! One tooth fell out on it's own and the big tooth is coming in fine. The one next to it, he did have it pulled and the dentist said that his tongue will eventually push it forward. It does seem to be moving forward. Thank God!

Just to update, as it has been a while. My son's tooth did move forward, and it was a very quick process! Now we're dealing with a tooth that wants to come out, one of his top two front teeth, that's sort of creating a weird gap! Poor thing!

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My 5 year old just lost her first tooth. I was brushing her teeth one night and noticed a tooth coming in from behind the other one. It freaked me out. Sometimes the baby teeth don't get loose before the perm start to grow. Wiggle his tooth everytime his teeth get brushed in front to help loosen it. What happens is the roots don't dissolve fast enough. It is ok and I think my daughters tooth feel out about 3 weeks after I noticed her tooth. Her tooth too was huge.

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The same thing happened to my daughter. I took her to the dentist, they pulled her 3 bottom baby teeth that werent even loose.(it hurt me more than her) She is now 10 years old with BEAUTIFUL teeth. They grew like they were suppose to and all is well now. You need to get those baby teeth out before more teeth start adjusting. Do it while he is young, I promise it will make you happy in the future.

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I also have 4 boys and I always hated to see their new teeth come in and baby teeth come out. Their whole looks changed. That just happened to my 6 y/o and I freaked out as well. His mouth is so small. However, it all works out as they continue to grow and the baby teeth eventually loosen up and come out. Don't stress out and haul him to the dentist unless it is painful for him.

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KUDOS to YOU!! 4 boys? I have 2 & I think they are active! :) The same thing happened to both of my boys. The teeth will eventually fall out and their tongue will naturally push them into place. We told them they had shark teeth and made up nicknames for them - embrace and enjoy! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!

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Hi A.,

I just went through this with my 6 year old son a couple of weeks ago. It got to the point where his permanent tooth was a big as his baby tooth and the baby tooth wasn't that loose. He was due for a dental checkup anyway so I asked the dentist about it. Basically she said that he should continue working on getting the baby tooth out and not to worry about how far back the permanent tooth is; it'll eventually move forward once the baby one comes out. It's been a week or so since the tooth came out and already I've noticed a difference with how far the permanent one has moved forward. So not to worry with your son's teeth - it'll all work itself out somehow.

Good luck!

S.

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My daughter's teeth did this and they were even loose, but she didn't want to pull them. Her adult teeth DID NOT move forward on their own. She has required over $2,000 worth of orthodontics (her front teeth weren't her only problem, but YIKES!! It didn't look like she had ANY front teeth when she smiiled they were angled so far back.) Unfortunely, we're not through with our adventure in orthodonics yet. :(
I hope they come out quickly.

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The same thing happened to one of my daughters and I took her to the dentist (which I would do if I was you). They ended up watching it for about a year before they pulled it. If I remember right she was about three when it got pulled. She has just turned nine and has beautiful teeth. I don't think it is uncommon but like I said I would got to the dentist if I was you.

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This happened with my son also. When I noticed it, his other tooth was not loose, so we told him to work on getting it out - just pushing and pulling on it. I was prepared to take him to the dentist if it didn't come out within the week, but it did.

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Hi A.! yes, I had that experience too. It does look weird, however, I did not look that long at it. I called our dentist and he pulled it as soon as my son saw him after school. I did not require a long explanation nor did I get overly concerned about it because I always had the thought that if I showed any kind of overt concern, probably my kids would be concerned/upset also. The dentist dealt with it and since he was not concerned/upset I felt that I (just a mother, not a dental student) could go on with my life. Take care.

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My son had two teeth coming in behind. My wonderful dentist told us to just start wiggling those baby teeth. Put ambesol on them and wiggle. Because the adult tooth is coming in, the roots of the baby are dying off. Just put ambesol or oragel around the teeth and start slowly wiggling. They will loosen up and before you know it, they will be out.

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Hi there-
I just dealt with this and I know how weird that looks to see a tooth sprouting from no where. For us what ended up happening is that the baby teeth loosened up and came out on their own and we then had two pulled b/c there was some serious overcrowding issues. I suggest a dental visit for some clarity. I was very nervous about the tooth extractions, but it was no big deal for my son-surprisingly. Good Luck.

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My youngest son had the same thing. The baby teeth never did fall out on their own. The dentist had to eventually pull it. So, I would say a call to the dentist is the best thing to do.

We just went through this with my 6 year old daughter. It's called "shark teeth" and I was told by our dentist most cases resolve themselves and the big tooth pushes the little tooth until it gets loose. Both of her front teeth did come out eventually without needing to be pulled, although it took forever. The big teeth moved up into the opening after a couple of weeks.

Several of my kids had this happen. If the tooth doesn't loosen soon, you will need to take him in to have the baby tooth removed. It is just the way some kids are. A couple of my kids had SEVERAL teeth do that and had to have a lot of the baby teeth pulled.

It happen to me the tooth finally started to loosen up and was finally loose enough. He bit into an apple and it fell out. I was concerned also.. Good luck..

I had a hard time loosing my baby teeth. My bottom 4 incisors came in before the baby teeth had fallen out. It was kind of weird having 2 rows of teeth, but my parents took me to the dentist asap and had them pulled.

My oldest son hasn't lost any of his teeth on his own, none of them came loose. He has had to have his baby teeth pulled when his permanent teeth were coming in. The dentist said sometimes that happens to kids. The roots of the baby teeth for some reason don't dissolve when the permanent teeth come in and therefore don't get loose. He also said if I saw a tooth coming in behind a baby tooth to go in right away to get the baby tooth pulled so the permanent tooth wouldn't come in crooked. We go to the dentist twice a year so we've been able to stay on top of it so far. My younger son doesn't have this problem, his teeth get loose and come out.

yes my daughter had two teeth like that and when i took her to the dentist she told me to just let them be for now and within a month or so the baby teeth became loose and the second teeth filled right in. it was the teeth that filled in after the baby teeth fell out that became her problem with needing braces. Dont rush out to the dentist because I promise they will say the same thing. GOod Luck!

My niece who had all of her first teeth but they were falling out at this stage. We couldn't understand why her one front tooth wasn't coming in. Took her to the dentist to find out that the front tooth was actually at the roof of her mouth. She had to go in for surgery and have it removed. They thought at one point that they would have to build a tooth at the front because of course her second tooth had been taken out via surgery. She ended up with braces and her teeth came together fine. At the age of 14 with braces you would never know that one of her front teeth was missing. Sometimes their teeth come in quicker and eventually it will push that baby tooth out. Seeing a dentist is best and he/she will tell you what will take place. Good luck!!

A.,

We just went through this with my seven year old. Her two bottom front teeth came completely in behind the baby teeth and the baby teeth weren't loose. They finally loosened up after several weeks and fell out, one just yesterday. We didn't bother at the dentist. Teeth just come out when they are ready.

S.

My oldest daughter had "shark teeth" dentist said no treatment necessary. We let it resolve itself and it did. She has the straightest smile of all 4 kids and no orthodontics required!

The same thing happened with my own bottom teeth when I was young. The dentist removed my baby teeth to make room for the permanents.

Yes, it usually means the primary tooth(baby tooth) has a long root, or a root with a "crook" so the tooth will have a lot of difficulty in becoming loose enough to come out on it's own. The dentist will likely want to pull the baby tooth. My DD has had 2 pulled by the dentist, and will probably have more before it's over with. I was amazed at how long the roots were on those baby teeth...they never would have come out on their own.

Also, if you haven't done so yet, you need to start your son visiting an orthodontist. The orthodontist can make specific recommendations to your dentist on what teeth need to come out, etc to maintain proper spacing in the mouth. Our DD sees Dr. Delgado in Hurst and we love him. He is very conservative in his treatment. By seeing him a couple of times a year, and following his advice, when she eventually has to get braces she won't have to be in them as long, and perhaps not such severe treatment.

Yep my son had an extra baby tooth AND when it fell out there was a permanent tooth coming in the same spot. We called it his shark tooth because sharks have rows of teeth lol.We had the tooth pulled but by the time we did his teeth were very crooked & he had to get braces. Good luck.

I actually had that happen to me when I was younger. Get it taken care of right away! If it comes in too soon, It will get pushed back. I had to have my baby tooth pulled by the dentist, and then wear a retainer to straighten out the permanent tooth because it was so far back.

The same thing happened with my daughter and it happened around her dental check-up. They said to give it a little time and it would most likely take care of itself. It did! The baby teeth got wiggly and she yanked them out for the tooth fairy to take away! If ever in doubt, give your dentist a call and they will answer your questions.
Blessings!
H.

It happened to my son, and he had a reg appointment about then anyways, and dentist said its quite common. the only thing that bummed me out was the no gap in his mouth! lol It happened with his top teeth too, but they came in under the baby tooth and got chipped.

This happened to my 8 year old daughter. When she was 6 her two adult teeth on the bottom front came in behind the baby teeth. I did take her to the dentist and they did nothing. They basically said that the baby teeth would fall out and they did shortly after and the adult teeth slid right into spot. Nothing to worry about.

My nephew had that happen and the baby teeth did end up coming loose on their own. You are right, it did seem weird, but all was well.

if the permanent teeth come in behind the baby teeth, the baby teeth may never fall out on their own, because permanent teeth basically push out the baby teeth so if its coming in behind those baby teeth may need to be removed

This happened to my son about a year ago (just before he lost his first tooth). I was told by many people not to worry but felt the need to take him to the dentist. Of course, I should have listened as the dentist told us this was very normal. We were advised to let nature take its course and within a couple of days, his baby tooth became loose. It came out about a week later and -- sure enough -- his permanent tooth moved forward into place.

Good luck,
M.

yes! my one year old had this happen at about 9 months with both of his lower front teeth. I did call my dentist and they said it does happen and the permanent teeth will just loosen and push the baby teeth out! it's very strange to see isn't it?

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