Milk Teeth

Milk teeth or deciduous teeth are the first set of teeth that erupt soon after birth. They are also known as primary teeth. They are 20 in number and fall off between the age of 6 to 10 years. They differ from permanent teeth in many ways. They are small and whiter with short roots. They are more prone to caries due to the sugary diet of children, prolonged bottle feeding, and poor oral hygiene. Proper care must be taken to keep them caries-free as it may affect the developing permanent tooth bud.

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Kindly give your suggestion on the delayed tooth eruption of my 15-year-old son.

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 15 years old. His milk teeth are not fallen out yet. Based on the x-ray report, the permanent teeth are below the milk teeth. Hence, we are getting extraction of milk teeth in phases and waiting for permanent teeth to erupt. However, it had been more than a month, and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the x-ray that you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Certain people will have delayed eruptions. So do not worry. As the milk teeth are extracted, we can wait for another two weeks for the permanent teeth t...  Read Full »

How to fix broken front two teeth in a 6-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor,My 6 year old daughter fell and broke her two front teeth. Please check the photos. I am on my way to a physician, and the blood is almost stopped. But, I want to know your opinion of the situation. Is it dangerous?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have to get her to a dentist. To remove the dangling milk tooth and stitch the area if laceration is present. Apply ice over the area of trauma. It does not seem to be much problem as the tooth appears to be a milk tooth and thus even if it goes, the next teeth wi...  Read Full »

Why did only one tooth erupt in the space of three missing teeth?

Query: Hello doctor,When I was a kid, three of my teeth fell off. One was a twin tooth where two small teeth stick together, and the other teeth as normal. Since three teeth were missing, three teeth are expected to grow. But only one has grown, yet my gums have no space at all. I am 16 years now, and I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly upload an image of the tooth you are talking about. It is diagnostically relevant, and I will let you know the necessary actions and management to resolve the issue. It is possible, and I would explain how. The human body is a mystery where unexpected things...  Read Full »

How to manage the decayed teeth of a 4-year-old child?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has a decayed tooth from the age of two. After slipping down accidentally, one of his teeth broke in half. Day-by-day adjacent teeth are also getting decayed. However, when I consulted a local doctor, he said that these are milk teeth, and there is nothing to worry about. But, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is your dentist. I went through your query, and the attached image <attachment removed to protect patient identity>. I am very sorry for the kid's discomfort. Caries are present in the lower right deciduous first and second molars (milk tooth). Kindly let...  Read Full »

My son is 2.5 years old and he has pain in one of his front tooth. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2.5 years old and he has pain in one of his front tooth. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Take your son to any dentist especially a pedodontist soon and get it checked properly. It is the right age to take your son. Keep his teeth clean with cloth and water or some paste on a kids brush and clean teeth in vertical direction very gently. Do not feed with b...  Read Full »

Will there be a change in facial features after removing a molar tooth?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an infected root canal. It is a molar and it is next to an implant. I really want to pull it due to money. But I cannot afford an implant and I am concerned about facial features if I pull the tooth and let it go without an implant.  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. You can absolutely choose to get the tooth removed in case of financial situations. But what I reckon would be to go for the cheapest replacement options such as a removable partial denture where you still mai...  Read Full »

10-year-old has a broken hollow back tooth. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My 10-year-old daughter's back left tooth completely broke off on her gum, and it was hollow. I believe it is an adult tooth. How would a tooth be hollow?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If it is the second last tooth of the last side, then it is the last milk tooth that got broken, as it falls off in between age 9 to 11 years. If it is the last tooth of arch that got broken it is the permanent molar tooth. It is the only permanent molar in arch till 12...  Read Full »

Tooth is erupting behind milk tooth. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My niece is currently 6 years old and her tooth is growing up behind her milk tooth that has not fallen out yet. What should we do?  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I got your chief complaint. Permanent teeth start erupting after 6 years of age and replace deciduous teeth. In this process, as deciduous teeth erupt, milk teeth fall down gradually. However, if milk teeth remain there, they are to be extracted to allow permanent tooth...  Read Full »

My 16 year old daughter's baby teeth have not fallen off still. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 16 years old, and her baby teeth have still not fallen off. Just in the past two years, it had slowly started to be pushed out and now the permanent teeth are finally erupting. It seems red in the middle, but there is no pain or discomfort. Will the teeth eventually com...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. The problem is over-retained milk teeth. As your daughter is 16 years of age and still the milk teeth have not fallen, then there is a possibility that it will not fall on its own. Rather, it will disturb the alignment of the erupting permanent teet...  Read Full »

Which is better for tooth abscess in 4 year old- pulpotomy or extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4 year old kid has tooth abscess with pus on the upper arc of front teeth. The pus drains and again comes. We have given antibiotics but the problem again comes. What should we do now - tooth extraction or pulpotomy?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Pulpectomy is suggested as the front milk tooth has to remain at the position for about 7 to 8 years till the permanent tooth comes out. Else, the growth will be affected. If the kid cannot remain calm then extraction is possible. For more information consult a den...  Read Full »

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