My child is a shark!!

So often I am asked ‘My child’s adult tooth is coming in behind the baby tooth and it isn’t loose yet. They look like a shark. What should we do?’

Goldenberg Family Dentistry is a family dental practice. That means we treat patients of all ages from a child’s first visit to the elderly who need to remain in their wheelchair for treatment. Some parents prefer to bring their child to the same dental office they go to. They find it more convenient for the whole family to be seen at one location and parent and child appointments can be booked at the same time limiting how long the family must stay at the office. Other parents prefer to take their children to a Pediatric Dental office and if that is the case, the team at Goldenberg Dentistry can make a great recommendation.

Dr. Jessica Goldenberg sees the majority of the pediatric patients in the practice and noted a few the most common questions she gets from concerned parents.

‘My child’s adult tooth is coming in behind the baby tooth and it isn’t loose yet. They look like a shark. What should we do?’

Ectopic eruption is when the lower adult teeth erupt when the baby teeth haven’t fallen out yet. It is fairly common and nothing to be alarmed about. Sometimes the adult teeth fail to signal the roots of the baby teeth to resorb so that they don’t become loose and fall out as they should. This can also happen if there is not adequate space for the erupting permanent teeth. Typically ectopic eruption resolves on its own without dental intervention. If you are concerned it is always a good idea to make an appointment with Goldenberg Dentistry so that either Dr. Joel Goldenberg or Dr. Jessica Goldenberg may perform an examination.


‘My child is _____ old and still doesn’t have any teeth.’

Most children’s first tooth erupts around 6 months of age, however, all of the charts used to determine eruption patterns are based on averages. Some children are born with teeth and some do not have their first tooth erupt until after age 1. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of 3.

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‘Why do we need to fill cavities on baby teeth? They are just going to fall out.’

Baby teeth are very important for more than just chewing. They allow your child to speak properly and smile confidently. The primary teeth also hold the space for the developing permanent teeth. If teeth are lost prematurely, the other teeth can drift in to the space left behind. Then when the adult teeth are ready to erupt they may have a difficult time coming in leading to crowding and years of orthodontic care. Of course, before any treatment is rendered, x-rays will be taken and Dr. Goldenberg will evaluate when the decayed tooth will fall out to determine if treatment is necessary.

We love seeing your little loved ones at Goldenberg Family Dentistry! Call today to set up an appointment!


About Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS

Dr. Joel Goldenberg started his dental practice after graduating from the USC School of Dentistry in 1983. He is committed to excellence in dentistry. Dr. Goldenberg is a member of the CDA (California Dental Association), ADA (American Dental Association), AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is a member with the Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Goldenberg is well-known for educating his patients and involving them in the diagnosis and treatment planning process. He is very conservative, honest, and appreciates the artistic side of dentistry. For the past five years Dr. Goldenberg has traveled to Honduras with his wife and other local physicians and nurses to provide medical and dental care at a free clinic. Dr. Jessica Goldenberg was born and raised in Ventura, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the University of Southern California (USC) for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from USC with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She continued with the Trojan Family at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Goldenberg was the recipient of the prestigious Rex Ingram Award for Excellence in Clinical Operative Dentistry. She is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Santa Barbara- Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Jessica loves working with patients of all ages, especially families and children. It is important to her to make pediatric dental visits fun and enjoyable. She also enjoys making beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry. She prides herself on always being honest and providing conservative dental care.
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