I need some advice because I think our dentist is doing some damage to my daughter’s bite. Her baby teeth stubbornly did not seem to be coming loose. I approached our dentist about it and he said just to give it time that the adult teeth will be loosened. That didn’t happen and now she has two sets of teeth on a few of them. There are her baby teeth and her adult teeth coming in behind them. I’m not sure what to do.
The first thing I am going to say is you need a new pediatric dentist. This one is going to practically guarantee your daughter needs orthodontics when she gets older. Not to mention the social trauma it will cause her to have baby teeth in front of her adult teeth when she smiles.
Now, once you are set up with a responsible dentist (the sooner the better), you will need to have her baby teeth extracted, at least the one which have adult teeth already pushing through. You didn’t mention your daughter’s age. There are age ranges in which some teeth should be coming out. Those which haven’t will also need to be removed.
What happens next will depend on the situation. I would have full panoramic x-rays done. to be certain there are not any congenitally missing teeth. If all her adult teeth are there and none of them are impacted, your dentist can open up the gums and hopefully that will be enough to cause them to break through and erupt. It’s possible they may need some assistance.
If there are congenitally missing teeth, the thing to do there is to procure an inexpensive temporary tooth replacement for her. I would suggest a dental flipper. Once her jaw is fully developed, you can get her a permanent replacement. The best replacement is a dental implant. It will give her the closest thing to a natural tooth.
If it turns out your daughter needs orthodontics, I would get Invisalign Teen, as long as she is responsible enough to wear them when she’s supposed to. The treatment aligners are invisible and because they are removable, she’ll be able to brush and floss easier, which will help the health of her teeth and gums during treatment.
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