Baby Teeth, also known as primary teeth, will often be released so that the permanent teeth underneath can replace them. When this process is delayed for more than a year it is known as over retained.
There are several reasons as to why baby teeth still stay and the permanent teeth are not erupted in the proper place and time.
We suggest extraction when over retained baby teeth may crowd the space or cause damage to permanent teeth or periodontium.
The majority of the time we suggest parents have their kids bite on solid vegetables or fruit because that may facilitate the shedding of the baby tooth.
If the over retained teeth are not shedding than extraction will be be the option. We strongly recommended extraction for the upper arch because if we don’t remove the baby teeth and the permanent teeth are coming lingually (behind) that may lead to cross bite.
It’s very important that we check x-rays before extraction of baby teeth as sometimes there are congenitally missing permanent teeth, which may lead to change in treatment, such as considering restorative option instead of extraction.
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