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What should I do about a child's permanent tooth that's growing in the incorrect position? (photo)

My child's baby tooth decayed and only half of it fell off, and the other half is rooted still in the gums. Her permanent tooth recently started to grow out of the side of the gums, likely because the baby tooth refused to come off. Will the permanent tooth shift by itself lower down the gum, to the correct position? Currently it has already grown at the side of gum.

What should I do about a child's permanent tooth that's growing in the incorrect position? (photo) 5a87156fee1d8d004d834480

Thank you for sharing your photo.

1) There are multiple reasons that can cause a permanent tooth to grow out into an incorrect position. One reason could be due to an obstruction in the path of eruption, such as a stubborn baby tooth root. As you mentioned, this may be the case for your child, although we are not able to say with certainty until a full examination is done.

2) Permanent teeth can sometimes spontaneously shift into a better position in the mouth.
More commonly, however, some form of orthodontic appliance is required to guide the teeth into a good position.

3) As your daughter has a broken decayed root in her mouth, it is advisable for her to see a dentist for an assessment. If she is attending a local primary school, she can get an appointment with her school dentist or with the School Dental Centre at the Health Promotion Board (https://www.hpb.gov.sg/schools/school-dental-centre).

The School Dental Centre also provides oral healthcare services to pre-school children.

For more information, you can also join us at our 'Smile.Sparkle.Shine' public forum at NDCS on the 24th of March 2018.  http://bit.ly/2DQuCh6

Hope this helps!

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