My daughter just found out that her 3 year old daughter has 2 missing adult teeth, any words of wisdom?
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Jodi - posted on 01/19/2015
I am missing two adult teeth. I actually still have two of my bottom baby molars - there were never any adult teeth there. All I can advise is the have them checked regularly to ensure they remain healthy. It IS possible for them to last well into adult years (I am 45) without any problems if they are looked after.
My brother, sister and mum all have/had this problem. My bro and sis had braces with little false teeth stuck onto them to fill in the gaps and once the braces came off they each had something called a bridge which is where they file down the two teeth either side of the gap (the same as when you have veneers fitted) and fixed on a bridge of three porcelain teeth, stuck together in a row. I hope that made sense lol. Anyway, they both have beautiful sets of teeth now, far nicer than mine actually and I was the only child lucky enough to escape the missing tooth gene! My mum simply had her canine filed down to look more like a lateral incisor and her teeth look very nice too. So don't be disheartened. It's nothing that can't be fixed by a dentist. You might even find that once he's a little older, your grandson's teeth look lovely just as they are. I guess just see what he'd like to do once he's old enough to have braces.
......Haha! Words of wisdom, I just got it :p
Raye - posted on 01/19/2015
Kids usually don't start getting permanent (adult) teeth until they're 5-6 years old. If the child is missing teeth either their baby teeth haven't grown in yet (should all be in by 2-3 years old) or something has caused their baby teeth to fall out. If there's a gap where the teeth should be, then other teeth may shift to close the gap causing problems when the permanent teeth try to come in.
Has the child seen the dentist? If not, they should. If so, what did the dentist say?
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