Are you worried that your little one is not yet getting permanent teeth?


Are you worried that your little one is not yet getting permanent teeth?

Every milestone in a child’s growth process is a big one for parents. Among them all, the popping out of their first pearly white tooth is one of the most adored. One by one, as their teeth slowly begin to grow out, we take pride in how our child’s gummy smile has evolved into a toothy grin and proudly ask them to “Say Cheese!” before every picture.

But there comes a time when those little milk teeth begin to fall out, leaving little gaps to make place for new, and permanent teeth. The wait for new teeth to come in seems endless. As parents, we tend to be anxious about everything concerning our child. The simple fact that a child’s permanent teeth are taking seemingly forever to grow out, is enough to send a parent frantically running to the dentist.

Normally, when a child’s milk tooth falls out, permanent tooth should grow in its place within six months. Some dentists consider waiting for up to twelve months, in order to allow the body to develop naturally on its own.

In some cases, it may take an unusually long time for the permanent teeth to grow back. There are several reasons why this delay could occur. A dentist will be in the best position to take a close look at the teeth and give advice, however we share some most common reasons.


It is normal for children’s milk teeth to fall out from age five at the earliest to seven at the latest. If you or your spouse have had a delay in your permanent teeth growing out, chances are, your child’s teeth will develop at a similar slower pace.


You may notice that your son’s permanent teeth are growing out much slower than your daughter’s. This may simply be because, as is with most developmental milestones, girls’ have a lead in growth and development. Thus, girls’ permanent teeth usually grow out faster than boys’ do.


One of the most common causes of delayed permanent tooth eruption are obstructions caused by existing milk teeth that haven’t fallen out yet. New teeth are formed but have no space to grow because the milk teeth are still in their place. Sometimes this may cause the permanent teeth to grow out in front of or behind the existing tooth, in an irregular formation.

Children who have habits such as thumb-sucking or pushing their tongue against their gums may also have problems when it comes to the growth of their permanent teeth. It is advisable to help children drop these habits at an early age.

Swelling in the gums, caused by vitamin C deficiency or hereditary issues, could make it difficult for new teeth to grow out. This situation may require a visit to your dentist in order to reduce the swelling via supplements or medication.




Depending on the age of the child, dentists can design a treatment plan. The required plan of action may be as simple as waiting for a certain time period to allow the tooth to grow out naturally. In case of an obvious physical obstruction by a milk tooth, the dentist may need to surgically remove the tooth that hasn’t fallen out yet.

Waiting for a tooth to grow out may be a difficult time for you and maybe even your child. Due to social factors such as social acceptance and approval from his peers, it may test your child’s patience to wait for the growth to occur. It is still advisable though, to let nature run is course before trying to interfere with any procedures that may be unnecessary.

Remember, every child is different. Some may need time for their teeth to grow, while others need professional help to clear the path for them. As long as your child ends up with a bright and shining smile, you have nothing to worry about.


To know more consult a dentist or chat with a dentist.


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