Within the first two to three years of life, the average child receives their 20 primary teeth. These teeth will provide them with the essential functionality to speak, bite, chew, and break down food.
Starting around their fifth to sixth year, your child will start to lose these primary teeth. This is typically a response to the expansion of their oral structure as a way to accommodate their 32 permanent teeth. The process of permanent teeth replacing primary teeth happens gradually and is often completed by early to mid-adolescence.
It’s not uncommon for a loose primary tooth to take several days or even weeks to become completely unattached from its socket in the gums. This is a natural part of the process of gently severing the periodontal connective tissues that hold the tooth in place.
In many of these scenarios, some simple play with the tongue and gentle wiggling can help weaken the primary tooth’s connection to the gums. This can be especially helpful for removing primary molars and other large teeth.
If one of your child’s teeth is in particular distress, and if you are not comfortable with pulling it out yourself, a pediatric dentist like Dr. Pediatric can intervene to help extricate it safely.
If you are in the La Jolla, California, area, and if your child has a loose tooth that is causing significant distress or discomfort, you can call 858-551-9700 to speak to one of the staff specialists at Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc.