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Question:
My daughter is 2 years old. She got all her baby teeth and even got her 2 year old molars a couple of months ago. About 3 months ago I noticed a space between her front tooth and the one right next to it. I thought this was because of her thumbsucking, because her teeth also come out a little bit.

Anyway, this weekend I noticed a tooth, half way through, totally croocked that seems to be coming somewhat between these two teeth! She already has all her teeth, and is not missing any.

My questions are:
- Is this common?
- Do you think this is an extra baby tooth or permanent?
- And will a tooth fall out so this one can come in?
...Erika

Answer:
Erika, hi and thank you for the question. Your daughter has an extra tooth or what is called a supernumerary tooth. This is fairly common and is not a problem. This tooth will come out like all of the other baby/primary teeth and will not pose any problems.

When you go to the pediatric dentist, have them take a periapical x-ray to ensure that it is an extra tooth and that she does not have an extra permanent tooth or mesiodens. If she does have a mesiodens, either your pediatric dentist or oral surgeon will remove it. (this is also common and not a problem)

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