What Parents Need to Know About Shark Teeth


What Parents Need to Know About Shark Teeth

Between ages 5 and 7 (and again at 12), a child’s permanent teeth naturally begin to develop below the gum line. When everything goes the way it’s supposed to, the permanent teeth grow and dissolve the roots of the child’s primary (baby) teeth. The primary tooth starts to wiggle loose and eventually falls out to make room for the new permanent tooth.
However, every parent knows that, when it comes to raising children, things don’t always go the way they’re supposed to. Sometimes, a child’s adult tooth will erupt behind the primary tooth, creating what looks like a second row of teeth, hence the name “shark teeth.”

Should I Be Worried About My Child's Shark Teeth?

Shark teeth are quite common, and they’re not always a cause for concern. If your child’s at the normal age for losing teeth, if the baby tooth wiggles, and if your child has no pain, then there’s likely no need to be concerned. Your child’s permanent tooth should eventually dissolve the roots of the baby tooth and move into place.

When to See a Dentist About Your Child's Shark Teeth

You’re Worried
Even if your child’s permanent teeth are developing normally, you can always feel free to call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart. We’re grateful that you’re concerned with your child’s dental health and will be happy to take a look at your child’s teeth or perform an orthodontic evaluation to help you better understand your child’s potential future orthodontic needs.
It’s Been Two Months with No Wiggle
If it’s been about two months, and your child’s baby tooth is still stubbornly lodged in place, a wiggle appointment might be needed to help the process along. This is especially true if your child has had trouble losing baby teeth before.
Shark Teeth Erupt Behind the Molars
If a child has shark teeth erupted behind their molars, this can lead to a problem with crowding and cause future issues. We recommend scheduling an appointment in this case.
Your Child Experiences Pain or Discomfort
If your child’s shark teeth cause oral discomfort or pain at any point, then you should schedule an appointment. Pain can indicate that there’s a problem, and Dr. Stewart can help you determine the proper course of action to stop the pain and ensure your child’s future dental health.

Schedule a Checkup at Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry

Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry welcomes you to talk with Dr. Stewart about any oral health concerns you may have. Contact our office or schedule a checkup for your child today.