Does your child have shark teeth? What are they? Why do they occur? Are they permanent? This blog from Dr. Scott and his team at Parkcrest Dental Group helps you to learn more about “shark teeth” and why they are not as scary as they sound!
What Are Shark Teeth?
“Shark teeth” is a term that refers to the double row of teeth that occur when a child has both adult teeth, or permanent teeth, and baby teeth, or primary teeth, at the same time. Shark teeth occur because baby teeth are not falling out rapidly enough to allow their permanent replacements to take their place. The baby tooth stays put, and the permanent teeth begin to emerge behind them. Where does this seemingly strange name come from? Well, sharks have two rows of teeth too!
Should I Be Worried?
More often than not, shark teeth resolve themselves rather rapidly. Permanent teeth will come in and the remaining baby teeth will come out. If you notice that your child’s mouth is becoming crowded, and it feels as though the baby tooth is staying in place, you should contact your dentist. A tooth extraction of the baby tooth might need to occur to allow the fully-developed permanent tooth to have the room that it needs in your child’s mouth.
Contact Dr. Scott And Parkcrest Dental Group
If you are concerned about shark teeth, or any other pediatric dental issue, Dr. Stuart Scott and his team at Parkcrest Dental Group can offer your child the care that they need! With years of experience in treating complex cases and working with children, they know exactly what to do to help your child attain amazing dental health. Contact Parkcrest Dental Group today to set up an appointment.