When children's permanent teeth come in substantially later than average, it is called delayed tooth eruption. Delayed tooth emergence (DTE) is a clinical term used when exposure of a tooth or multiple teeth through the oral mucosa is overdue, according to population norms based on chronologic age. DTE is common in childhood and adolescence, yet it is often overlooked or dismissed in Pediatric primary care. Genes play an important role in numerous developmental factors, including tooth eruption.
HOW IS DELAYED TOOTH FORMATION DIAGNOSED?
The dentist will perform a physical exam. This will include a detailed look at the mouth and gums. You will be asked questions such as: 1.In what order did the teeth emerge? 2. At what age did other family members develop teeth? 3. Are there any other family members that have teeth that never ""came in""? 4. What other symptoms are also present? An infant with delayed or absent tooth formation may have other symptoms and signs that define a specific syndrome or condition. Diagnostic tests are not often needed. Most of the time, delayed tooth formation is a normal finding. Dental x-rays are sometimes needed.
HOW IS DELAYED TOOTH FORMATION TREATED?
Infants who have delayed tooth formation may be treated for any underlying cause of delay. Orthodontic treatment may be required for cases in which children are predisposed towards delayed tooth formation. Cosmetic dentistry can address the problem of absent or delayed tooth formation
DID YOU KNOW?
Baby tooth is expected to erupt by 9 months after birth. If not it is considered delayed eruption