Retained Milk Teeth

Retained milk teeth are milk teeth that did not fall out at their shedding age. This leads to the absence of a permanent tooth to replace it. However, sometimes the permanent teeth may be pushed in a different direction and cause malalignment requiring an orthodontic correction in the future. Hence it is generally advised to extract the retained milk teeth professionally, making attempts to bring the permanent tooth to its position.

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Should I undergo extraction of the tooth that has become loose and pains severely?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently went for a clean-up at a dentist and was informed that I have milk teeth. No permanent teeth have grown to replace them. One of the teeth has become loose, and I do not know whether I should remove it or not. It is causing so much pain that I cannot eat at times. Should I re...  Read Full »


Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your situation, but I need a little more clarification. The main thing is your age, so anyway, by six years of age, your milk tooth will start to shed and is replaced by a permanent tooth. If your milk tooth is not removed, that means that the space is s...  Read Full »

Is it normal to still have baby teeth at 19?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old and all of my teeth are baby/milk teeth. Is there a chance that permanent teeth will grow for me?  Read Full »


Dr. Subha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, milk teeth start shedding at 6 years of age, followed by permanent teeth eruption. Permanent teeth gradually replace milk teeth and the entire replacement occurs within 14 years of age. Persistence of the milk teeth at 19 years requires attention. The a...  Read Full »

I have milk teeth at 20 years. Will permanent teeth erupt on removing them?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. My milk teeth or primary teeth did not fall still. Those teeth are a little bit shaky now. If I get it removed, will I get new permanent teeth?  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Over-retained milk teeth till the age of 20 years must have caused misalignment and impaction of your permanent teeth.First of all, you should get a panoramic x-ray done to check whether the permanent teeth buds are present under the milk teeth. If yes, then it has to be ...  Read Full »

Should I get my teeth extracted and get braces?

Query: Hi doctor,I went to a dentist to check my tooth. The doctor told me that I have one tooth in the front that has not fallen. This tooth has got messed up with other tooth. As my face looks small with many tooth inside the mouth, my doctor suggests me to have an extraction of that tooth as well as a f...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you have one tooth with a crown (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and this causes misalignment of tooth. I suggest you get it extracted as soon as possible. As your age is 16 years, you can wait for two to four years to have orthodontic treatment. De...  Read Full »

Will removing retained milk tooth pay way for the permanent tooth to grow in position?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been in pain in these last three days because of my tooth. It looks like the baby tooth has not been removed so the permanent tooth grows outside my gums. I have not slept for one day because of this. As my tooth starts to heal or does not hurt my cheeks and starts to swell. As...  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Baby tooth are supposed to shake or become loose when our permanent successor tooth erupts. Sometimes retained baby tooth can be seen if our permanent tooth is erupting in a different direction. The solution to this is the removal of the ...  Read Full »

Will extraction of retained primary tooth give way for the permanent tooth to grow in position?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old. I have a loose tooth that I believe to be one of my primary teeth. My questions are, does that make it an over-retained primary tooth? If it is an over-retained primary tooth, does that mean that if it falls out, will my permanent tooth will grow in or is it possib...  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, based on your age, it must be definitely a retained deciduous or primary tooth as it is mobile, because rarely in this age tooth mobility can occur (unless you have any gum disease). So, the treatment for the retained tooth is removal. Kindly send me a ...  Read Full »

I have two milk teeth covered by adult teeth. How long will it take to remove the baby teeth?

Query: Hello doctor,I have two milk teeth in my mouth in the upper part. There are two adult teeth on top of that as visible from the x-ray. I wanted to know if I start the procedure now, how long it takes to pull the two adult teeth down and remove the baby teeth?  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are retained teeth and impacted permanent canines (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As your age is concerned, it is a complicated procedure to move them orthodontically after extraction. Still, I think you consult an orthodontist that will decid...  Read Full »

Is it possible to close the gap between teeth after removing the bottom milk teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a milk tooth in the bottom row middle, which is moving and needs to be removed. And I got irregular teeth in the top and bottom which needs correction. Is it possible to close the gap after removing the bottom milk teeth, the gap would be about the width of a 5 rupee coin.  Read Full »


Dr. Bhargav R Gutha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, could be done in clinic after removal of mobile tooth assessment of available space and space management criterion and space maintainance methods implemented such as Maryland bridge. As your age is 30, I suggest you undergo orthodontic treatment sooner as bone elas...  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 Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Should I get my milk tooth removed and get an implant in its place?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 21 year old male. I have a milk tooth. It is the second premolar. The X-ray does not show any signs of a normal tooth under or near it. The doctor said that an implant is necessary. So, is it necessary?  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The milk tooth in adults is called as a retained deciduous tooth. You can first go for an extraction of your deciduous (milk tooth). Then you have the options of going for an implant, RPD (removable partial denture) or FPD (fixed partial denture). Considering your age...  Read Full »

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