If your child has a permanent tooth that seems to be erupting behind their baby tooth, you may be (understandably) concerned. But usually, this is not a big deal. In this blog from The Little Royals: Dentistry For Kids, we’ll take a look at the phenomenon of “shark teeth,” and give you all of the information you need about this condition.
If your child has a baby tooth that hasn’t fallen out and the permanent tooth begins to erupt behind it, this is sometimes called “shark teeth,” referencing how sharks have multiple rows of teeth that grow into their mouths.
Shark teeth begin when the permanent teeth erupt between 5-7 years of age. Usually, the adult teeth cause the roots of the baby teeth to dissolve when they erupt. Your child’s baby tooth will come loose and fall out, then the adult tooth will take its place.
But sometimes, this doesn’t happen. If your child’s baby tooth root doesn’t dissolve, or it doesn’t fall out on schedule, the permanent tooth may grow behind it until it falls out. You may be concerned about this, but usually it’s not a big deal!
If your child’s mouth is healthy, they’re between the ages of 5-7, and their baby tooth is starting to wiggle and come loose, you probably don’t have to do anything. Eventually, the baby tooth will fall out, and the adult tooth will take its proper place.
Keep taking your child to their routine dental visits, and make sure you maintain a strong at-home oral care routine. As your child wiggles their tooth, it’s likely to fall out eventually.
However, don’t “help it along” by wiggling it yourself or trying to pull it out! Pulling out the baby tooth can cause pain, discomfort, and other oral health issues. Let it happen naturally.
Shark teeth usually resolve themselves, but there are a few situations where you may want to see Dr. Sal or Dr. Yasi for further treatment.
As part of your child’s routine dental appointment, Dr. Sal or Dr. Yasi can assess their “shark teeth” and determine if there is any cause for concern, or if your child may need any further treatments to keep their smile healthy. Contact us online or give us a call at (561) 510-1450 to get the help you need for your little one.