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Question:
Baby and adult teeth: My 7 yr old son just lost his 1st tooth on top. Now he has a bottom tooth loose and he was complaining of pain behind the bottom loose tooth.

I can see his 2 adult teeth coming in behind his baby teeth but one of the adult teeth is loose. Is this normal?

Xrays were taken when he was 5 and the dentist said everything looked great. He has never had any work done only cleaning and sealants. No injuries. ...Visitor from NC

Answer:
He needs to see a periodontist to assure these developmental issues don't affect the prospects of having normal secondary teeth in the "expected" locations.

Secondary teeth that are growing in behind or in front of baby teeth that haven't fallen out is something to avoid or prevent as early as possible. Hopefully the loose adult tooth can be saved.

Some periodontists are skilled in making teeth "move" orthodontically without braces.

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