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Children's teeth late growth, should worry?

The growth of each child is unique and can not be compared with other children. These differences include when the first tooth first grows. Some children start teething at the age of 6-8 months, but some are already teething at the age of 4 months.

The growth period of a child in the first 1000 days is a time of rapid growth and development. In this case, including the child's teeth growth.

Basically the child's teeth growth has begun since the child is in the womb. Tooth seeds have started to appear in the gums since the child is in the mother's abdomen. Then at the age of 6 months to 14 months, the tooth will appear followed by other teeth until molars. Usually the tooth will be complete at the age of 24-30 months.

But if the child has a delay in teething, should parents worry? Anything that can cause a child's teeth to grow late? To what extent is the tolerance of late child teeth growth?




Growth of milk teeth in children begin to grow (eruption) at the age of about 6-8 months. The growth will be perfect until the age of about 2.5 - 3 years. Then when the child turns 6 years old, milk teeth will begin to be replaced one by one with permanent teeth, until the child is 12 years old.

However, the child's teeth growth rate is not absolutely the same time. Sometimes there are normal, faster and some are slower. Permanent teeth are said to be more susceptible to the growth process when compared to milk teeth.

Disorders in the growing process of milk teeth and permanent teeth can affect the time of eruption. Form of abnormalities due to developmental disturbance of any new teeth can be seen after the teeth are erupted.

Variations in timing of teeth eruption of both milk teeth and permanent teeth can be caused by several factors, namely local and systemic factors. Because the eruption time of milk teeth and permanent teeth are interconnected, then if there is delay in eruption, milk teeth will affect and make the time of permanent teeth eruption too late.

Other factors that cause late dental eruption include the interference with the growth process, trauma, nutritional factors or serious (systemic) disease.

Dental eruption interruption (permanent teeth)

What is meant by the delay of the eruption of the tooth itself is the failure of the eruption of the tooth at the time of eruption it should be. This eruption delay can be local or comprehensive.

Local eruption delays involve only one or more teeth. This condition can be caused by trauma or abnormalities in the tooth itself.

In addition, local dental attrition due to trauma to the milk teeth can cause permanent dental eruptions, for example:

1. Concurrency

This anomaly is due to trauma to the extent of interseptal bone loss accompanied by crowding. Concretions can also occur due to chronic inflammation of the dental periapical tissue. As a result, the cementum part of the tooth together, causing the two teeth are embedded in the alveolar bone. This is what causes the delay of permanent dental eruption.

2. Eruption Cyst

Usually eruption cysts look like there is a swelling of the tooth that is not toothed due to tissue thickening. Most likely is the result of trauma to the soft tissues during mastication. Due to the thickening of tissue in the gums, eruption delays occur.

3. Ankilosis

It originally occurs because of trauma or chronic infection that irritates periodontal tissue in the root area of the tooth. As a result, periodontal tissue and epithelial cells around the tooth also layer cementum on the roots are damaged. This condition causes the attachment or unification of the root of the tooth with the alveolar bone. In addition, ankylosis in milk teeth may result in delayed eruption of a permanent tooth.

4. Dilaceration

Caused by trauma during the growth process of the teeth, a blow. Can also occur because the front teeth pushed in and pressed the seeds of permanent teeth beneath which is growing. This condition usually makes a tooth root whose edges look crooked. As a result it can inhibit the eruption of the tooth.

5. Losing of milk teeth too early

Can be caused, among others, due to trauma, the removal of milk teeth due to caries, or the location of the wrong tooth seeds. If the milk teeth are prematurely, the tooth seeds still enter the pre-eruption stage, then can cause delay in permanent dental eruption.

Delayed tooth eruption occurs in many teeth or even whole. Factors can cause different, among others:

1. Systemic diseases that can also cause delays of tooth eruption thoroughly, such as:

  • Hemifacial hyperthropy and odontomaxillary dysplasia.
  • Cleidocranial dysplasia
  • Down syndrome
  • Achondroplastic dwarfism
  • Tricho-Dento-Osseus-Syndrome (TDO)
  • PycnodisostosisPtituitary gigantism

2. The presence of endocrine disorders, such as conditions where there are conditions hypothyroid, hypoparatiroid and hipoptituarism.

3. The presence of nutritional disorders, such as due to lack of protein, vitamin D, lack of calcium and phosphorus.

Teeth eruption or child teeth growth delay is normal. However, if the milk teeth have not grown at all until the child is 18 months, immediately invite the Little to the dentist for further examination.





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