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Sometimes tooth eruption and smile development can be confusing, especially if your child’s permanent tooth refuses to poke through the gums. Problems like this can make your child’s smile growth a bit frustrating. Fortunately, with the help of your dentist, Dr. Mark Hughen, this problem isn’t anything to worry about. Our dental team will be happy to tell you about some of the reasons why your child’s tooth hasn’t made an appearance.

First, your child could be experiencing something called delayed eruption. This means the tooth is being stubborn and just doesn’t want to poke out of the gums. There could be many different things that are causing this problem, like a crowded mouth, dietary inadequacies, an illness, or genetics. The tooth should erupt in its own time. However, if you’re worried, you can always schedule your child an appointment at our dental office.

Second, your child might not have a tooth in that place at all. This means your child is congenitally missing a tooth. In a case like this, your child will never have a natural tooth in that gap of your mouth. So, when your child’s smile stops growing, your dentist can replace the missing tooth with a functional, natural-feeling, and natural-looking restoration, like a dental implant.

To learn more about delayed tooth eruption in Midland, Texas, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dental team at Primary Dental Clinic. When you call 432-570-7080, we will be here to help you in any way we can, and we will also be happy to schedule an appointment for your child so our dentist can examine the mouth and provide the necessary advice and treatment. We look forward to helping you!