Shark teeth is the term used for a dental condition common in children, in which permanent teeth erupt prior to the loss of their corresponding baby teeth. Typically, permanent teeth will simply emerge behind the baby teeth, creating a double row of teeth similar to a shark.
Cause of Shark Teeth
When this condition isn't present, an erupting tooth will naturally begin to reabsorb the roots of the baby tooth, subsequently loosening it. With shark teeth, roots of baby teeth don't dissolve fast enough to fall out before permanent teeth erupt.
Should I Worry About Shark Teeth in My Child?
No. Absolutely not, and make sure your child isn't worried either. Ideally, every baby tooth would be ready to fall out when a permanent one is ready to replace it. This isn't always the case, however. Fortunately, shark teeth is a condition that corrects itself, so to speak. Eventually permanent teeth will perform their task of dissolving baby teeth roots, causing them to loosen and fall out, providing space for permanent teeth to shift back to their original position.
When Should I Call the Dentist?
There are 3 main things to consider when assessing the effects of shark teeth on your child:
[[[DIVSTYLE:margin-left:25px|[[[BulletList:Place. Determine if there are shark teeth behind molars, which can cause crowding issues that may need to be addressed by an orthodontist as soon as possible.
We can also recommend foods to eat that will coax stubborn baby teeth to loosen and fall out. As always, contact our office anytime you are concerned about your child's oral health.
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