What if a Child Loses a Baby Tooth Prematurely?

Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez are highly-educated and experienced board-certified pediatric dentists. If you’re seeking a compassionate, knowledgeable pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, then South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates is the right place for you. 

When Is Too Soon to Lose a Baby Tooth?

Children usually begin to lose their baby teeth around age six and continue losing them until age 13. 

If your child loses a tooth at age five or younger or has a baby tooth knocked out prematurely, you should consult your pediatric dentist. 

What Causes Children to Lose Baby Teeth Too Soon? 

The most common cause of early tooth loss is due to dental trauma from an accident or injury. 

Gum infections, such as periodontitis, can also cause teeth to fall out because the infection weakens the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth. 

Hypophosphatasia, childhood cancer, and other medical conditions that weaken bone development can cause children to lose their primary teeth prematurely. 

What Happens When the Baby Tooth is Lost Too Early?

Dentists will not reinsert the baby tooth into the gums. This can cause severe and permanent damage to your child’s permanent teeth. Cosmetically speaking, it is scarce for anything to be done for the space (other than a space maintainer). Your child will likely have an open space until his or her permanent teeth come in.

With that said, you should absolutely take your child to his or her pediatric dentist. If you need a pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, Dr. Martinez, and Dr. Fernandez at South Miami Dental Associates is ideal for you and your child.

If you are unsure why or how the tooth was lost, your pediatric dentist can evaluate and diagnose the root cause of the tooth loss, remedy solutions, and help ensure that your child won't lose any more teeth. 

Your dentist may need to determine if your child needs a space maintainer. This tool prevents neighboring teeth from crowding and shifting into the open space. A space maintainer holds a spot so that there is a place for them when the adult teeth come through. 

Request an Appointment Today

Get in touch with a pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, today. You may contact Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates by calling them at (305) 666-2068. You may also visit their office at 6601 S.W. 80th Street, Ste. #212 South Miami, FL 33143.