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Old 11-10-2008, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw,NC
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Default How long does it take a tooth to come in?

How long does it take a tooth to come in once you lose a baby tooth? My son had his front baby tooth pulled after chipping it last year and the adult tooth has not come in yet. I'm not happy with our dentist and I'm looking for a new one.

Just curious if it's normal for a tooth to take that long to come in. He's 7 and has lost other teeth that have come in within a month or two.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:54 AM
 
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That sounds about right, only because the baby tooth had been pulled out rather than pushed out by the permanent tooth. A better indicator might be what is happening with the other front tooth, as they tend to come out naturally at about the same time (give or take, sometime around 1st or 2nd grade....on average). Ask the dentist to x-ray the front to see "where" it is in the growing process, and he/she should be able to give you a good idea when you can expect to see it cutting through.

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Old 11-10-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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The normal process is that the new, adult tooth pushes on the baby tooth and erodes the root (which is why you never see a root on baby teeth that have fallen out). Once the root is gone and the baby tooth falls out, the path is cleared for the new tooth to come in. When a tooth is pulled, this normal process has not taken place and it will take much much longer for the new tooth to come in. I would not be surprised if it took up to six months or more to see the new tooth. I don't see the point of an XRay as it will confirm the tooth is there but will give you absolutely no idea as to how long it will be. It will come in one way or the other.

As a mom of older kids, my advice would be to enjoy these toothless months - there is really nothing cuter!
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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That's just it. If one of his baby teeth is loose, it is being driven out by the advance of the adult tooth behind it. If you pull a baby tooth that is not loose, you do not influence the arrival date of the adult tooth; it will still arrive according to its natural schedule.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw,NC
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Ahhhh that makes sense. Thank you for the information. He lost the baby tooth next to it and it came in fine, just waiting on this poky one.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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My son lost his front teeth naturally when he was almost 7, and they took a full 6 or 7 months to come in. I was getting concerned that he didn't have any permanent teeth under there after all! I agree, though, that if a baby tooth is pulled, that doesn't make the permanent tooth any more "ready" to grow in, so it might take a while.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Mebane
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My son lost his front teeth naturally when he was almost 7, and they took a full 6 or 7 months to come in. I was getting concerned that he didn't have any permanent teeth under there after all! I agree, though, that if a baby tooth is pulled, that doesn't make the permanent tooth any more "ready" to grow in, so it might take a while.
My husband still has several of his baby teeth because he doesn't have the permanent teeth to push them out. I think he has like 6 or so where he is missing the permanent teeth. The dentist says that the baby teeth aren't meant to last your whole life and they will eventually fall out, but so far he's 30 and has no problems. Just saying that there's not always a permanent tooth up there! Though this is a pretty rare condition.
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Waxhaw,NC
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My husband still has several of his baby teeth because he doesn't have the permanent teeth to push them out. I think he has like 6 or so where he is missing the permanent teeth. The dentist says that the baby teeth aren't meant to last your whole life and they will eventually fall out, but so far he's 30 and has no problems. Just saying that there's not always a permanent tooth up there! Though this is a pretty rare condition.
Wow, I've never heard of that.
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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My daughter is five and she had a loose tooth so I took her to the dentist to get it pulled. The dentist recommended for her to get the tooth next to it pulled because it was slightly loose and she said that it would be best to clear the path for the permanent tooth although that there is no indication of her permanent tooth arriving soon. I now feel a little disappointed because I feel like she sort of rushed the process. I feel like maybe it would of been better to wait for the normal process to occur like the other one. I just wonder if I am overreacting.
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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My son had some baby teeth pulled in about 4th grade -the adult teeth were not positioned properly to get rid of those baby teeth IIRC - those adult teeth did not come in for at least 2 years! They'd x-ray them from time to time so we knew they were there....If they don't come down, they can pull them down but I think they try to avoid that procedure if at all possible.....
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