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Tooth eruption and smile development can be a complicated thing, especially if a permanent tooth fails to poke through the gums. This isn’t a very common problem, but it can happen. If your child has this problem, with the help of your dentist, Dr. Christopher Hulen, everything will be OK. To help you know why your child’s tooth won’t show, our dental team is happy to explain some of the common causes.

The first cause is delayed eruption. This means the tooth just doesn’t feel like coming out any time soon. The reasons usually include a crowded mouth, dietary inadequacies, illness, or even genetics. Typically, the tooth will grow into place in its own time, but if you’re worried about it, you can always schedule an appointment for your child at our office.

The second cause is a congenital missing tooth. This means the tooth isn’t in the socket where it needs to be. This isn’t as alarming as it might sound. In fact, according to reports, nearly 20 percent of adults are congenitally missing at least one tooth. When your child’s smile is done growing, your dentist, can recommend a dental restoration that will properly replace the tooth.

Do you have any questions about delayed tooth eruption in Tipton, Indiana? If so, please call Hulen Family Dentistry at 765-675-8745. No matter your child’s reason for missing a permanent tooth, it’s important to bring them into our office so our dentist can examine their mouth and provide treatment. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!