Permanent Tooth Growing in Front of Baby Tooth

Sometimes, a permanent tooth can grow in front of a baby tooth. When a “shark tooth” starts growing out before your child’s baby tooth has fallen out, it’s a good idea to consult your dentist to determine whether or not they need an extraction, or simply more time to let the baby tooth fall out.

When To Expect Permanent Teeth To Grow

When should you expect permanent teeth to grow out and replace baby teeth? At 6 months of age, your child’s baby teeth should start to erupt. Between the ages of 5 and 7, their first set of baby teeth will start to fall out naturally.

This chart from the American Dental Association can help you determine when each tooth typically emerges:

Sometimes permanent teeth will layer on top of the baby teeth, causing a “shark tooth” effect. This just means that the permanent tooth has emerged and connected to the nerve, even though the baby tooth is not active.

If the baby tooth doesn’t fall out naturally, then food can become stuck in between the teeth, leading to tooth decay. It’s important to consult a family dentist, like the ones at Kool Smiles, to determine whether or not the extra tooth puts your child at risk for:

  • Cavities
  • Overcrowding
  • Risk of infection

Treatment Options for Shark Teeth

The most common treatment option for a permanent tooth that is growing in front of a baby tooth is extraction. The average cost of a typical baby tooth extraction ranges between $90 to $150.

If your permanent teeth still need room to move into place, then your dentist may perform a procedure called disking, where he or she will remove a bit of enamel from the remaining baby teeth.

Healthy Smiles Found at Kool Smiles

At Kool Smiles, it’s our mission to see you and your kids smile. With over 120 locations across the United States, our dedicated team of dental professionals, pediatric specialists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons offer affordable quality care.

You may be nervous about watching a dentist extract your child’s baby teeth, so we invite parents to watch procedures as they happen. Comfort and relaxation are important to your overall health. Most of our office waiting rooms have playgrounds where children learn that doctor’s visits can be fun and friendly.

Kool Smiles accepts most forms of insurance including Medicare, TRICARE, and CareCredit, and we offer additional payment plans to meet your budget. Call Kool Smiles and speak with one of our dental health specialists to schedule a no-cost consultation today.



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