help meI'm a 19-year-old female and my milk tooth hasn't fallen out yet!  It's really bothering me!  Can you tell me what I should do?  Thanks!

Expert Answers
ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, don't worry. This is a common occurence. We have a consensus here. The most likely reason that a milk tooth has not yet fallen out is the lack of an adult tooth to help push it out. Nothing is wrong that a trip to the dentist can't solve. More than likely, s/he will pull the tooth which won't have deep roots, so it shouldn't be too painful. Then your mouth will gradually fill in the gap, if the dentist decides to let nature take its course.



litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Do not be afraid of the operation. I also have had a fear of dentists after a bad experience, but I suggest sedation dentistry. It is also not necessarily an operation, per se, you are just having a tooth removed. If you are sedated it would be less scary.
marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'll give the same recommendation as #2.  Something isn't right and a dentist is the best person to tell you exactly what should be done.  It could be something as simple as just pulling it, or it may require a visit to a specialist.  Good luck!

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not sure what you are asking here, however I would suggest a trip to your dentist is in order. Normally we loose our milk teeth starting around age six or seven, I would say if you still have some of them at age 19 see a dentist.

kanak123 | Student

first of all..i would like to thank you all..for replying my query..secondly .i would like to mention that my permanent tooth is also came out and make my milk tooth to folded up...because of this upper layer of my mouth swells up at times..

i paid trip to dentist he adviced operation.i really afraid of his decision.


versatilekamini | Student

Deciduous teeth start to form during the embryo phase of pregnancy. The development of deciduous teeth starts at the sixth week of development as the dental lamina. This process starts at the midline and then spreads back into the posterior region. By the time the embryo is eight weeks old, there are ten areas on the upper and lower arches that will eventually become the deciduous dentition. These teeth will continue to form until they erupt in the mouth.

giorgiana1976 | Student
The causes of this problem could be the followings:

1. If permanent successors haven't developed yet and you still keep these milky teeth; 2. Their permanent successors are still beneath them and they don't have the power to erupt.

In both cases you will have to pay a visit to your dentist in order to take an x-ray and determine the cause of the problem:
- if the permanent teeth are missing, you can  leave them as they are, or the dentist can transform them to make their appearance  as permanent teeth one.
- if  the permanent teeth cannot erupt, the dentist will extract these milky teeth, after that ,the permanent teeth have to erupt. If the the permanent teeth don't erupt still, the dentist will practice a window in the jaw bone to aid the teeth to erupt. You don't have to worry so much, but pay a visit to your dentist.