Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Rows of teeth

Emma's evolving into a shark. She still hasn't lost her two top front teeth. She's eight years old, so that's kind of odd. These two teeth have been somewhat loose since last summer, but just not quite loose enough to come out. I brought her to the dentist a couple of months ago, but they said not to worry and that's it's actually better when kids lose their teeth a little later in life.

Well, now, one of her front permanent teeth is almost completely in, growing over the baby tooth and the other is starting to poke through her gums. I called the dentist and made an appt. for Monday to have at least the one tooth pulled. Emma is none too happy about this, and the dentist didn't seem all that concerned. But what was I supposed to do? Let her have 4 top front teeth?! I figured that can't be okay, right? Has anyone had this happen with their children?

The strange thing is, I realized over the weekend, that she will never be cute and gap-toothed in the front. I remember Anna was like that for a long time . . at least 6 months. Emma won't ever have the gap. She'll just go straight from baby to bunny (Anna has always called those 2 front teeth bunny teeth).

23 comments:

MarkD60 said...

Cool! I wish I had multiple rows of teeth like a shark! maybe she'll keep them all! maybe she'll get a third row! A fourth!

JeepGirl said...

Isn't it funny the things us mommies worry about?

My daughter had the same thing. She's 13 now and already done with the Ortho (on retainers now). She lost only one tooth out of all her baby teeth. The rest we had to get pulled. She had teeth coming it behind the baby teeth in the roof of her mouth. Her eye-teeth were coming in over her other ones. It was a mess. They pretty much told us that she had too small of a mouth. We went thru the bracket in the roof of her mouth that we had to crank everynight to widen her mouth. It all worked out great and her teeth are nice. But as a mother you still worry and also worry how your daughter will feel or if she'll get picked on.

Now our 9 year old is getting scouted by the Ortho. He also has too many teeth for his small mouth.

It never ends.

chesneygirl said...

That IS odd....never had this happened to me or anyone close to me.
But since the dentist doesn't seem concerned, it must not be too uncommon.

And I guess I did pay very close attention in Biology class or at Sea World cause I did not know sharks had multiple rows of teeth.

Suz said...

My 2 older ones had teeth pulled for that reason. My oldest son had one of his front ones done and my daughter had 3 done, both top front and a bottom front.

Hugs to Emma on having to have it pulled.

Hugs Suz

candyfortheteacher said...

Get ready to pawn some items or at least get better dental insurance. Looks like the ortho is in your future. Dentist don't seem worried because the longer they are in there the more you will need done. Sorry I am being pesimistic. I have got to stop that. I am sure it will turn out great.

Heather said...

She's cute, I"m not looking forward to this part of my kids growing up, loose teeth really gross me out. I like the whole tooth fairy thing though, I think we might have fun with that.

Suz said...

My yahoo email is suz_q63@Yahoo.com

Anyways, keep in mind my oldest got theirs done 10 or more years ago.

Both had the area numbed with novicane (sp). (One time one of Skys was so lose the dentist just pulled it out as if it was nothing). The baby teeth were already lose so they came out very easily. I do remember both holding my hand and squeezing it tight but it seemed to be over pretty fast.

Hugs Suz

Erin said...

Hannah just went through this with her bottom teeth. Thankfully the baby teeth fell out before a trip to the dentist.

Poor Emma, I hope the trip to the D is painless and easy.

Carrie said...

Hope it goes well! I never lost all of my baby teeth... had to have (I think) 5 pulled for braces when I was in 5th grade.

momyblogR said...

Please. My son can't keep them in his head. He has knocked them out, pulled them out and banged them loose, lol.

He is currently sporting the "gap".
Hope Emma gets things straightened out.

Lala's world said...

my 2 older girls have ortho appts on the 27th! my 7 year old has had gaps where she lost baby teeth but the adult teeth are SO big that they can't fit...so she is going to have to have teeth pulled too and the same braket thingy to widen her top jaw too, she has a cross bite, I do too and I wish my parents had it fixed!!! my oldest has lost all her baby teeth now and needs braces because her molars came in twisted sideways..... and they say babies are expensive!!!!!
good luck to Emma!!!

Krisco said...

We're not there yet.

That is kind of a bummer to skip the "gap" stage. But maybe since she's a little older, it's okay....I am sure she was still insanely cute at 6 (as well) with all her teeth. : )

Cindy N. said...

Cute little Emma. She is probably pretty happy she doesn't have the 'gap', but I would imagine she wishes the tooth fairy would come by more often. She will be ok Mommy. Heather and Ash had braces because of their mouths being too small, but we didn't have to do the crank thingy, Thank goodness! Heather had to have 4 teeth pulled for all of hers to fit though. Ash just had to be straightened. Good luck to Emma!

Drywall Mom said...

Just be glad she will have strait teeth. I had to get braces for 5 yrs b/c I didn't have enough room in my mouth. I had 8 teeth taken out just to get to where they are today. So be glad that she doesn't have that problem. I can already see my son having the same problem. He has huge teeth in a tiny mouth.

Spikey1 said...

Yep happend to my nephew just a few weeks ago actually. Same age.

Vee said...

Cody had the same thing happen. His permanent teeth grew behind his two front baby teeth.

His baby teeth eventually fell out and all is well with the world now.

Carrie Guevara said...

Oh poor girl- I had something very similar with my lower teeth as a kid. I can remeber having more than one pulled. How's this for wierd - one of my closest childhood friends was born with only one set of teeth! No baby teeth at all- what grew in is what she has today.

I hope Emma's feeling better!

LAMommyof3 said...

My 8 year old hasn't lost his top two front teeth either. I have been waiting for the gap stage because I love it too! Hmmmm, they have been a little wiggly for a while... I hope we don't end up at the dentist too! Good luck to Emma - I'm sure it will be fine!

Sarah said...

My firends son who is eight, finally lost his first tooth! Mary already has most of her big teeth. All children are differect. Mary had to get one of her top teeth pulled out when her big tooth started to grow in. She was not happy. Good luck at the dentist.

Rae said...

It's actually fairly common...

"Some kids develop two rows of teeth -- often called shark's teeth -- when the permanent teeth come through before the baby teeth have fallen out. The new teeth will push forward on the baby teeth, usually causing them to fall out within a few weeks, Dr. Ferretti says. Consult your dentist if the double row lasts for longer than three months."

My top canines were both doubled-up, but eventually the baby teeth were pushed out of the way. It's nothing too bad, and the worst case is she'll have to get them pulled.

Hope I helped!

Bartlett Dentists said...

My son had the same experience with Emma. I was really concerned about it as well but the dentists in Bartlett said not to worry about it. I followed their advice and thankfully the baby teeth just fell off.

Joel Jackson said...

Well, it's good you've consulted a dentist about Emma's condition. If the dentist seems not to be worried, then that simply means you have nothing to worry about. Emma's condition is manageable. :)

Darrin Husak said...

Waiting for the other tooth to grow will help solve the gap problems. Good thing you visited the dentist early. That allowed for early detection and treatment. She still looks cute when she smiles. There's nothing to worry about.