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Question:
My 6 year old son was hit in the mouth with a stick when he was 4. His front teeth were damaged and we took him to a dentist. The Dr. said one tooth was dead and another one was slightly chipped (baby teeth). We were told that they would fall out soon and to watch for problems.

Two years later his top front teeth are loose he has lost his bottom front. The problem is that they are not falling out but appearing more bucked every day. What should I do? Also is this a sign that he will need braces in the future and if so at what age?

Last question: Is an undersized pallet a common problem? My friend's child has this problem and now I am looking twice. Thanks for the help. I have tried to get a pediodontist in my area for many months to no avail...Rochelle

Answer:
Rochelle, since your son's bottom 2 teeth have already fallen out, the 2 on top are next. The reason they appear bucked is because they are mobile from being loose. This is not a sign of needing orthodontics/braces. Depending on the philosophy of the orthodontist and your son's situation, braces can be placed as early as 8 and more commonly around 11. Also, contact the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry at 312-337-2169 to find a pediatric dentist in your area.

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