Erupting permanent teeth cause the roots of baby teeth to be reabsorbed. Occasionally, if a primary tooth is not loosening sufficiently on its own, your child’s dentist may suggest extracting it.
When children begin to lose their primary tooth?
Most children lose their baby teeth in this order:
- Baby teeth ordinarily are shed first at about age 6 when the incisors, the middle teeth in front, become loose.
- Molars, in the back, are usually shed between ages 10 and 12, and are replaced with permanent teeth by about age 13.
Common reasons for primary tooth extractions
- Tooth Decay: Primary teeth easily fall victim to tooth decay, which typically results in extractions.
- Trauma or Injury: A child’s primary teeth can become damaged from trauma or an injury, including accidents, falls, or failed dental restorations.
- Baby Teeth — If a baby tooth is out of position or not lost in the right sequence, the permanent tooth underneath it might not erupt normally. In this case, removing the baby tooth could prevent a need for orthodontic treatment later on.