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If your child’s permanent tooth is taking a longer time than expected to grow into place, there might be an issue. This happens sometimes, and it’s not anything to stress too much about if you have the help of your dentist, Dr. Daniel Holsteen. To help you understand a little more about why your child’s permanent tooth isn’t erupting on time, our dental team is happy to explain some of the reasons why this might be the case.

First, your child might be experiencing delayed eruption. This means your child’s tooth just refuses to come out at the moment. This could be caused by many things, like a crowded mouth, dietary inadequacies, illness, or even genetics. Most likely, the tooth will present itself when it’s ready. However, if you’re worried or stressed about it, you can always schedule an appointment to have our dentist check out the situation.

Second, your child’s permanent tooth might be missing. This means they don’t have a tooth in the socket to grow into place. This is usually a congenital issue that is actually fairly common. According to some reports, nearly 20 percent of adults are congenitally missing a tooth. If this is the case for your child, your dentist can recommend a dental restoration that can fill the space in the mouth and replace the tooth.

No matter the reason why your child’s permanent tooth isn’t moving into place, it’s important to bring them into Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry so our dentist can take a look and provide treatment. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about delayed tooth eruption in Colorado Springs, Colorado, please call us at 719-598-3502. We look forward to helping you!