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The permanent teeth are erupting and the baby teeth haven’t fallen out! Is this normal?

This “double row” of teeth usually happens in the lower jaw. This is common in this area of the jaw as the permanent teeth have formed in this position and have erupted without causing the baby tooth root to dissolve. It is often seen where there is not a lot of space between the lower front teeth (they are crowded). Dr Kylie will assess the situation for your child and determine if removal of baby teeth is necessary. Generally if there is enough space for the new permanent tooth the tongue will push the new permanent tooth forward into the right position once the baby tooth falls out. In some situations it is necessary for the dentist to remove a tooth or some teeth to help guide the newly erupting teeth.

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