So often, parents are concerned that their child is growing a new tooth behind their lower baby teeth. Dr. Loving likes to call these shark teeth! This is a normal occurrence and these pictures show examples of what this can look like for your child. As the permanent teeth continue to grow, the baby teeth will loosen and fall out. Eventually, the new teeth will drift forward with the help of lip and tongue pressure into the arch.

Please encourage your child to wiggle on the baby tooth! If after a month or so they do not loosen or come out naturally, Dr. Loving can help it out with a simple extraction.

A permanent tooth growing behind a baby tooth on the upper arch might be treated differently. Dr. Loving would like to see these to evaluate and determine if an extraction of the baby tooth is necessary. It is advised to call the office to make an appointment.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

The pediatric dentist has an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school, and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. The additional training involves not only growth and development courses, but also training in sedation and hospital care. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet these needs.

Braces and Orthodontics

To have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. At each visit, Dr. Loving will evaluate your child’s bite and developing occlusion and make recommendations. If early intervention is warranted or if it is simply time for braces, Dr. Loving and her staff will help you find the right orthodontist in Austin, TX for your needs. Developing malocclusions, or bad bites, can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age!!