Late Baby Tooth Growth FAQ
What will happen if I leave my child’s late baby tooth growth untreated?
Possible complications stemming from delayed teething come to light when your child’s adult teeth emerge. Permanent teeth may come out crooked if baby teeth were late in erupting; also, adult teeth may appear along with the delayed baby teeth, resulting in your child having two rows of teeth.
How can I help my child who is experiencing delayed teething?
Feeding a baby who has no teeth can be challenging. Try cutting the food into tiny cubes your child can “chew” with his or her gums, or blending the food into a puree before feeding.
What causes late baby tooth growth?
Delayed teething can be related to a number of factors, including:
- Hereditary factors
- Poor nutrition
- Fibrosis (unnaturally thick gums)
- Hormonal issues
- Systemic diseases and medication
- Impacted teeth
- Genetic disorders
- Absent or missing teeth
My child has Special Needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still treat their late baby tooth growth?
In most cases, we can perform basic dental x-rays, exams, and cleanings for children who have Special Needs. Our Charlottesville cavity dentists are experienced and enjoy working with kids who have Special Needs, including kids with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, children on the Autism Spectrum, and children who deal with dental anxiety.
We’ll do our best to help your child relax so they can receive the dental care they need. In some cases, we will recommend nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedation dentistry options.