Permanent tooth growing in behind baby tooth

Nancy - posted on 03/08/2009 ( 71 moms have responded )

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I just noticed my 5-year old daughter has a permanent tooth growing in behind one of her lower front baby teeth. Has anyone else had permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth? And if so, did the tooth need to be pulled, or left to come out on its own?

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Katelyn - posted on 07/02/2013

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Hi, My 6 year old son has a big adult tooth growing in fast behind his baby tooth on his two bottom front.....I took him to the dentist and the dentist told me they cant pull it and to let it come out on his own, they told me to just have him wiggle it every day....5 days later its loose,....yay...oh and the dentist said, just because one is growing in before the other falls out doent mean it will grow in crooked :) hope this helps

Nikitta - posted on 02/17/2014

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My daughter is 5 she will be 6 in june she has her first loose tooth , about a week ago I noticed a tooth growing in directly behind this loose tooth is that normal...should I take her to the dentist again? Will her tooth grow in cricket?

Guadalupe - posted on 10/12/2013

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Both my daughters need braces
. Their permanent teeth also grew out before the baby teeth fell out. I know they do need an orthodontist but our insurance won't cover it and they are at that age where they feel uncomfortable at ages 11 and 13. I feel very bad and guilty about it. What can I do?

Laurie - posted on 03/15/2013

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I would have never thought that perm teeth would come in behind the baby teeth but apparently this is common...we just went through a month of dentist and orthodontic appts so I feel like I can comment intelligently, apparently when the perm tooth is ready to come down it pushes on the roots of the baby teeth which then results in the baby tooth falling out, when the teeth aren't aligned properly the perm tooth does not "hit" the roots of the baby tooth thus the new tooth grows behind the baby tooth... the dentist said eventually the baby tooth would fall out but in our case by daughter now 7 was freaking out because 1. it hurt and 2. it looked funny so we went into the dentist - with just a few jiggles and pulls he got it out - no pain because he used topical numming gel...but then because the back tooth was behind for some time it was growing outside the bite line - he sent us straight for an orthodontic referral - a month later we have a retainer with a "spring" that will push the new tooth forward. The orthodontist claims that without the push the new tooth would not move forward and the bite would permanantly be off until a a time later that you would choose to get braces. He said then sometimes there is gum damage trying at a later age to push it forward, and it just doesn't work, so best time is to do it now while they are young and the tooth is new.
They are saying most likely her tooth on the otherside is going to do the same, so they are suggesting I proactively have the baby tooth pulled now so that the new tooth "might" find a way to move forward and grow in the bite line.
The orthodontist built a "spring" on the otherside of the retainer we just got in case we need to use it to push the other side foward as well.
So...in short you probably should make a trip to the dentist to see if they want to pull that baby tooth out of the way...
Sounds so complicated, I didn't have this issue with my son, but so glad I have a dentist that directed through this timely.
She will now wear the retainer for one month all day ( she is doing great with it) then at night for about 4 months, by then the tooth will be pushed forward and perm. in place.
We haven't gone yet to pull the other side because 1. I can't see the new tooth yet and 2. she is getting used to the retainer and didn't want to press my luck...but I think we will to give the other side a shot at coming in right.
Its amazing what modern dentistry has as tools to help what in the old days would have ended up as a mouth full of orthodonitc mess -
I also found that my daughters school has many second graders with retainers, so it must be a new learning to by the dental world to catch these issues early as well...
Good luck hope it all works out.

Jen - posted on 02/03/2012

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Hi!

As a dental hygienist, I can tell you this is a very common occurrence and not one to get too worried about. The tongue will naturally push the permanent tooth forward. The eruption of the permanent tooth dissolves the baby tooth root so If the baby tooth is not loose at all then a dentist can help wiggle it.

5 years old is slightly early for eruption so leaving it to mother nature for a couple months will not damage anything. I hope this helps

J. Lebel, R.D.H.

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Lisa - posted on 08/12/2014

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Hi my 6 year old son still have his baby teeth and now just noticed he got another tooth growing behind his baby teeth is this normal

Dav - posted on 07/31/2014

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OMG my son is 6 years old and I just noticed that he had an extra set of teeth growing behind his two bottom ones and I almost LOST it until i read these comments, thank you so much ladies!

Laurie - posted on 06/27/2014

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As an update to my post on 3/15/2013 I am happy to report that my daughters teeth are now amazing. We worked with the dentist and orthodontist using a retainer, and helping a few of her top baby teeth to come out a bit sooner making room for the teeth that were growing behind baby teeth. Her top teeth are now forward and straight and beautiful, without catching this situation early and working with these two amazing professionals my daughter could have had permanent damage to her gums and teeth that may have never been able to been forward facing. We are all amazed and feel blessed that we fell upon the right people to guide us to a solution. Her bottom teeth are still slow in falling out and they are suggesting we take the same action ( pulling the baby teeth so that we won't have spacing issues) but I am letting mother nature take its course down there - I feel that the bottom issue can be fixed with braces at some point and is not a permanent damage scenario like our top teeth were.
I highly recommend if your child has permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth anywhere near her front teeth that you take the action we did (see a pediatric dentist and orthodontist) - we had amazing results that will last my daughter a life time - our insurance covered the cost but it was about $1500 total over the last year and a half - but it saved her pain and gave her a smile back that she may never have had because even braces may not have fixed the damage this situation causes.

Drago - posted on 04/18/2014

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My 10 year old son has a tooth growing in front of his first molar on the left side of his mouth.Can someone please tell me what to do because it is spring break and we are in Florida so I don't know where to go and what to do.Also I am wondering if the teeth will stay like that because this happended to my sister and both teeth stayed.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2014

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My permanent tooth also grew in before my baby tooth fell out, eventually the baby tooth fell but the permanent tooth never moved up to replace the baby tooth. I was left stuck with a horrible gap that makes me look toothless! This was over an year ago. Will it ever move into place? Please help with your advice, thank you!

Nikitta - posted on 02/17/2014

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Thank you so much Mariann....I hope everything is fine because this is really freaking me out lol

Mariann - posted on 02/17/2014

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Hi Nikitta I'll be taking mines tomorrow and I'll post what the dentist tells me.

Mariann - posted on 02/16/2014

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i just notice this right this minute on my 5 year old both bottom front teeth and i was going nuts until i read this thank u

Laura - posted on 02/04/2014

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The worst the diet the earlier the permanent teeth will come out.
Lot of fish oil and bone broth will stop adult teeth growing too fast.

Jillian - posted on 02/01/2014

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When I was a kid this happened to my friend. She had to get it pulled out(she got to eat LOTS of ice cream though).

Anindita - posted on 01/19/2014

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hi,
i'm 24 yrs old n i have 33 teeth... i have a baby canine tooth that didn't fall. is it abnormal?????
do i need to consult a dentist?

AnG

Karina - posted on 11/16/2013

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OMG thank you ladies soooo much for this info! I JUST noticed this on my 5 yr old daughter lastnight and hv been stressing about it all day! So glad i checked on here! She actually has 2 little teeth growing behind her bottom front baby teeth, it freaked me out! Looks funny! She has no clue there there and so I take it they don't hurt her..I will wait to see if the baby tooth start loosining up..thanks again ladies!

Leah - posted on 11/14/2013

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My daughter showed me her tooth was loose last weekend, she will be 4 in January. I called the dentist to find out if it was too early, they said girls usually lose theirs early. I was surprised to see her permanent tooth poking out behind her loose tooth. It wiggles fine to the front and side to side, but seems to be stuck in the front since we can't really wiggle it backward because the tooth right behind. We were worried, too late in evening to call dentist, so I thought i'd look online. So glad I found this post. :)

Krista - posted on 09/01/2013

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this happened to me when I was little it was my two front bottom teeth and I had the baby teeth pulled

Liz - posted on 07/01/2013

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Depends on the dentist. Some will say to wait a few months and see if the baby tooth comes out on its own and some will say pull the baby tooth.

Enna - posted on 04/22/2013

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My 13 year old just got braces. Besides the first three teeth she has had to have all of her baby teeth pulled because they would not come out. She just had the last three pulled. I recommend talking to the dentist, but the longer you wait, the more likely she's need braces/have dental problems because the baby teeth are blocking the permanent teeth from settling into their appropriate positions.

Cherry - posted on 04/03/2013

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My daughter has a permanent tooth that moves in front it started when she woke up, well she's 12 years old and she will be almost 13 years old for the next 2 months.
does anyone else have a moving permanent teeth? and if it so, did the tooth need to be ignored or remove?

Christina - posted on 03/15/2013

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My son has the same problem, he hates them because the extra teeth behind his two front teeth is bigger. So does the dentist pull the front or just let then fall?

Patricia - posted on 02/28/2013

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I think it is different for every child. My Daughter has had this happen with almost all her teeth and each time the baby tooth eventually fell out. The problem we have is her teeth are way too many and too big for her tiny mouth. I keep hoping she will grow into it or otherwise we will be looking at braces.

Laurie - posted on 02/28/2013

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My 7 year old has been battling with having no front teeth since birth. Xrays showed that there were teeth, but they were not coming down. In the past month one of her perm. front teeth came down but pushed what was something of a baby tooth out with it - baby tooth out front perm tooth in the back. We went to the dentist and they "pulled" the baby tooth, but the perm tooth is now "behind" the bite line - he immediately referred us to an orthodontist. The orthodontist said perfect timing to come in - he is making a retainer with "springs" - for both teeth anticipating we will need to do the same with the other front tooth. She will wear it for two weeks all day/night, and then only at night until we push the front tooth into place/forward. He advised if we had let this go and waited it may be that we would never be able to push it forward properly and could cause gum damage that could not be fixed... I am SO thankful for the quick action of both the dentist and the orthodontist... they are saying that the lack of the baby teeth coming down timely and now the perm teeth being misplaced could have been caused by a very very light mouth trauma during infancy - something as simple as a "bump" can cause the formation process to be off - I had to share just in case someone else is going through this out there - we were so thankful the front teeth were there, and now are blessed that we got to the right professionals timely. Our daughter has a beautiful smile regardless but now she will finally have some teeth to go with it.

Natalie - posted on 01/14/2013

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hi cythia lynn treat i would have taken your advice but i was scared so i tried to pull it and that is about that passage thanks for the advice any way but yea they are gone now thanks

Natalie - posted on 01/14/2013

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Hi My Name is Natalie and I am, a kid not an mom MY mom was worried because i had a snaggle tooth that was a baby tooth and my permanet tooth was coming in the same thing with my 2 caps or crowns well, we had my cousin came over because i was to scared to go to the dentist and who wants to go to the dentist toooo much money so we pulled 1 cap and tooth the other with just the cap not the tooth and the snaggle tooth it was sooooo rough but we did it so what im saying is pull it on your own or have someone pull it for you ,,, you can put a shot in it and numb it but i had a gel like fluid so it hurt a little but it was better than a shot so my point is you can numb it and pull it no money spending and no painful teeth anymore im only 10 and this is alot to know for a 10 year old but im smart this really worked it was suppose to come out earlier but it didnt it scared me but it worked i promised my mom to pull it and i did i posted before about it and now again it is out now and feels great please trust me it really works
,thank you,

Cynthia Lynn - posted on 11/25/2012

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my daughter has the same problem. all her adult teeth are comming in behind her baby teeth. i had to take her to the dentist and he ended up removing some of her baby teeth and putting spacers on the rest so her adult teeth would come in correctly. u may need to talk to ur dentist

Natalie - posted on 11/18/2012

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im not a mom im a kid and i dont know what to do i have a permanant tooth growing behind my baby tooth and i dont know what to do i dont want it to hurt i was suppose to lose it a long time ago but i cant without it hurting . what do i do?

Natalie - posted on 11/18/2012

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im not a mom im a kid and i dont know what to do i have a permanant tooth growing behind my baby tooth and i dont know what to do i dont want it to hurt i was suppose to lose it a long time ago but i cant without it hurting . what do i do?

Ameriplan - posted on 08/21/2012

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This is now happening to my 5 year old I am going to make a dental appointment tomorrow, I'm so scared!

Marinela - posted on 07/07/2012

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You have to take the tooth out and as quickly you do it,is the best for the permanent one to grow up straight.I have my nephew with the same problem.The best way is to ask a doctor,but not all the doctors are good.I have a big experience in dentist problems and is better to take care of it before is getting worse.

Michelle - posted on 07/02/2012

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Babette - the baby teeth should be shaky, that will allow them to come out and the other teeth to move into position more. If the perm teeth are shaky that is more of a worry.

Lisa - very common it is more in affluent areas. One reason is the price of real estate (it is more for them to have an office there than in cheaper areas) but yes, if the market will bear it, people will charge it. If you have the ability to go elsewhere, shop around the towns nearby. Eg. in Irvine there may be cheaper orthos because of the college. Make it clear you're shopping due to price - you never know...

Wendy Martin - posted on 05/28/2012

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I had that happen to me. The baby tooth finally had to be pulled when I turned 18 and I had to wear braces to correct the misalignment. Luckily the braces went on after my senior Cap & Gown graduation pictures were taken. I went through 2 years of college with braces!

Michella - posted on 05/20/2012

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Same thing happened with my son a few times. The dentist said it was no big deal and to just have him wiggle the baby tooth until it fell out. It worked ;)

BabetteP - posted on 05/05/2012

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This happen to my daughter all together she have six front teeth..and am a but worry the two baby teeth is weak when I try to shake them..

Faith - posted on 03/21/2012

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My son is 18 yrs old. I remember the same thing happened to him when he was little. It all worked out. The tooth came out naturally on its own. His 2nd set of lower front teeth came in all over the place, this way and that way .... The pediatric dentist told me that the tongue is a strong muscle that will push on those bottom teeth and sure enough, in time, it did, and the baby teeth came out and the permanent ones straightened right up. He has beautiful teeth now. My daughter, who is almost 20, had her two top canine teeth (incisors?) do the same thing. She was older than 5, don't remember how old. The dentist did have to pull them out, but because they were baby teeth they had no roots. It was no big deal. She didn't even know she got a shot (he started telling her about the ducks outside the window and she had no idea she had a needle in her gums!!) She now has great teeth too. Don't worry mom! But be sure and ask the dentist.

Lisa - posted on 02/07/2012

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This may sound strange but I feel as if our dentist is taking advantage of our good health insurance. He said that we would need to have the tooth removed in a few years - $$$ his office has play stations at each patient room, not to mention the uber chic fish tank and all of the "goodies" for patients waiting for appointments. I live in an area where most kids get state and federal help for medical and dental care. I get school letters that encourage me to have my son assessed by these programs and my son doesn't need the "free care". I have a this feeling that because my son goes to this dentist who charges 5 times the cost where I live - my son has a PPO medical/dental plan better than most people in our state that he will continue to make claims that my son needs all of this extra care. Do you think there are dentists in affluent areas that take advantage of these privileged kids? I fear the list of things he will need will just continue into orthodontics etc... ?

Kat - posted on 02/06/2012

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My son had his two top front teeth like that and I thought he would end up with "buck teeth" lol, because they were poking out a bit too far, but after the baby tooth fell out a few weeks later I noticed the 2 new teeth were straight and not crooked.

Sally - posted on 01/30/2012

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My bottome front teeth did that when I was in kindergaten. The dentist popped out the baby teeth and my permanent teeth moved forward. He did it in the office with novocain and I think it only took a few minutes. I don't remember it being traumatic at all, but it was a long time ago. :)

Lisa - posted on 01/22/2012

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@Nancy, I agree having a tooth pulled is not that painful for toddlers. My son had a tooth pulled that had a cavity last year and he did just fine. However I was against the fact that they used anesthesia for the procedure. I understand that he would have been too fidgety too be still enough to do it without him protesting but I didn't want them to use drugs. The worst part was the cost, the anesthesia cost over $900 which was not covered under our dental plan. We were able to have part of the cost reduced via our Health insurance PPO, and his dentist is in a affluent part of Orange County. I was skeptical that we were paying more than dentists in lower income areas. My son bounced back from the surgery easily. Does anyone ever feel that the procedures and testing for the cost of dental or healthcare is more expensive in affluent neighborhoods?

Tina - posted on 01/21/2012

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I had this happen to me when I was a kid with my canine teeth they had to be pulled it was pretty quick and painless.

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2012

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See a pediatric dentist ASAP! Solving teeth concerns should always include the assistance of a qualified dentist. My pediatrician reccommends at least one visit to a dentist by the age 4. I would say sooner if you notice any problems. My son - age 4 has an extra tooth that has to be removed before his permanent adult tooth grows in. I always thought his cute little shark tooth that pointed out a little might be a problem, now that we know he was born with an extra tooth we can treat it and he will be just fine. QUESTION: what age does your pediatrician reccommend your child to see the dentist the first time? Should there be more information about this?

Allison - posted on 01/20/2012

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My 5 year old daughter had 2 of her permanent teeth come in behind her baby teeth. Once they came in they started to push the baby teeth out. Once the baby teeth came out, the permanent teeth moved right into place.

Deanna - posted on 01/20/2012

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My daughter has had 2 of these, and had to have both of them pulled, but it is so simple, that after those, she thought all of her loose teeth should be pulled. They usually don't pull them unless they are causing discomfert.

Amanda - posted on 01/15/2012

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My 5-year old just had this happen with her first tooth. The baby tooth came out on its own about a month after I noticed the big one coming in. Its not that uncommon. The liitle roots on the baby tooth just take a little longer to give when the big one isn't directly below it. . It'll be fine!

DeAnn - posted on 01/14/2012

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I had my perminant teeth come in behind my baby teeth on the bottom in the front. Had to have my teeth pulled and get braces on and off a couple of times. My son just got a tooth behind his baby tooth and it will be interesting to see what the dentist says about it.

Barbara - posted on 01/10/2012

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Hi Nancy.....what your child has is called over retained teeth, you should see a pediatric dentist about having the baby teeth removed....the reason being is because the perm teeth are behind the baby teeth they can not push the baby teeth out, its better to have this done because once they are removed....over time the tongue can push the perm teeth back into place just with every day oral activities...I was a dental assistant and have seen this a lot its very common and your child will be just fine!!!

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2011

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Behind is better - one of my daughter's perm teeth came in above and in front of the baby tooth - of course it was an upper incisor - up front and center! We did have to have that baby tooth pulled because it was not leaving. We'll need orthodontia (but were planning on needing that anyway) but that is the only real consequence.

Angela - posted on 03/11/2009

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We just went through this with my 11 year old. He's lost tons of teeth, but this time his baby tooth just wasn't coming out and the new tooth was coming in crooked because of it. His mouth is very crowded right now. The dentist told us to give it a month, and if our son couldn't get it out on his own the dentist would have to pull it. He thinks the tooth will straighten out on it's own if we can get the baby tooth out soon. It's been about a month, and a couple of nights ago the tooth came out! Hooray! Good luck to you. :-)

Julie - posted on 03/11/2009

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My 7 year old has lost 6 teeth and every time the permanent teeth start coming in behind baby teeth.  The permanent teeth come in about 1/8" behind the baby teeth.  For her, the perm teeth seem to erode the root of the baby teeth out from behind, and the baby tooth just kinda falls out the front of the gum, if that makes sense.  Her teeth seem to gradually move forward, but the dentist seems to think she will be a good candidate for braces later...  ugh..  :(

Debbie - posted on 03/10/2009

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My 7 year old just had the same thing, just before Christmas. I took her to the dentist, he said it is very common for permanent teeth to come in behind baby teeth. Any way, her permanent teeth pushed out the baby teeth and they look good now! I was worried too!! But it turned out to be ok!

Michelle - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter also has permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth.  It happened with her 4 front bottom teeth.  # of the baby ones ended up coming out on their own, but the 4th is not coming out and is not loose at all.  The dentist will likely pull it in the next couple months.  I am a little worried about how that will go, but she does so well for the dentist that I'm hoping it won't be too bad.

Amanda - posted on 03/09/2009

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my son just went throught his permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth a couple weeks ago, we just kept wiggling the baby teeth and eventually they fell out on their own. Over the last 3 weeks his permanent teeth have gradually pushed forward to fill the gap. I was freaked out that he would need braces, but already they are looking a lot better. Definitly take her to the dentist if the baby teeth don't fall out after a couple weeks.

Maureen - posted on 03/09/2009

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my son had all of his bottom permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth and although I managed to get the wiggly ones to come out fairly fast his teeth are quite crooked

Michelle - posted on 03/09/2009

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My son, as well as me as a child had teeth growing behind our baby teeth, and my 2 teeth are farther out than should be. I took my son to the dentist and had the baby teeth pulled.

I would have it pulled if it's in the front

Crystal - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter had teeth growing behind baby teeth and I freaked out, but when I took her to the dentist he said it was normal. A few weeks later she lost her baby tooth on the bottom and the tooth that was behind pushed its way up where it should be. Now it looks perfectly normal again. The dentist did want to look at it again after it had moved to its correct position just to make sure everything was normal.

Jessica - posted on 03/09/2009

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so far my son's bottom front permanent teeth are coming in behind baby teeth mind you his "baby" teeth were almost ready to come out by the time the other teeth started to show, the teeth actually helped the wiggly teeth come out faster! (his new teeth are perfectly straight and he said he felt no pain btw)

Amanda - posted on 03/08/2009

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My daughter has had permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth on several of her teeth. The dentist said it would be fine and work itself out, however it did not and I am having to take her to an orthodontist for a consultation visit.

Susan - posted on 03/08/2009

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I had permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth with a couple of mine -- although it was the top front teeth in both cases.  Both times I worried . . . both times the dentist said no big deal and he was right, it all worked out by itself.  Hope this helps!

Erica - posted on 03/08/2009

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my step son had permanent teeth coming in behind baby teeth when taken to the dentist, she said that as long as the permanent tooth was behind the baby tooth its ok the big tooth will push out the baby tooth. just have it checked the next time you go to the dentist.

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