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Extracting baby teeth: A year ago, my son had xrays taken and noticed he has an extra front tooth.

The doctor advised that we wait until his baby teeth came out on their own and then extract the extra tooth when it starts coming down.

A year later, at age 5, we moved and are seeing a new dentist. This doctor wants to extract his 2 front baby teeth asap and extract the extra tooth to make room for his 2 front teeth.

I'm not sure if it is better to just wait for his baby teeth to fall out on their own or is it going to be better for my son to just have his baby teeth pulled? He is 5 1/2. ...Visitor from CO

The new dentist probably suspects that keeping the extra tooth may interfere with normal jawbone development and future development of normal adult teeth.

For the best analysis, get a consult with a Periodontist.

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