Should my child come in for a lost tooth?
Lost teeth are a part of childhood. If your child loses a wiggly tooth, the only thing you need to do is get ready for the tooth fairy's arrival!
Sometimes, though, kids lose teeth too early. Dental trauma is common in kids. If your child loses a tooth too early, call our office to schedule an appointment.
You might be wondering why this would be necessary. After all, your child is just going to lose those baby teeth anyway, right?
The problem is that baby teeth actually serve an important function. In addition to helping your child develop clear speech and bite and chew food, baby teeth are also placeholders for the permanent teeth. When a tooth is lost too early, the other teeth have an opportunity to tilt and shift, which can pose problems when the permanent teeth start coming in. Your child could wind up with crooked, twisted, or overlapping teeth that will require orthodontic treatment to fix.
At your child's appointment, we'll check the status of the permanent teeth, and we may recommend a spacer to hold the other teeth in place to prevent movement. These preventive measures could save you a great deal of time, money, and hassle down the road.
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