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My daughter is 7. She lost an upper front tooth about a year ago, then within the last month and a half she has lost the other top front tooth along with both upper lateral incisors. So she is currently missing all four front upper teeth. They are not growing back in. I realize that the newer lost teeth will take some time, but the fact that she lost one of those last year and it hasn't started growing back is what is puzzling me. Before then she lost her two front bottom teeth and they have grown in fully. She lost a lower incisor as well and that has not grown in. What could be causing this?

Dear Brandi;

Children start exchanging their front teeth between the ages of 6-8 years of age on average.  Your daughter is still in that window.  Their can be a few reasons for this situation occurring. An extra tooth, severe crowding (large permanent teeth, previous trauma to the mouth.  An Xray of the area should tell you all the information to let you know what is actually going on in your daughter's mouth.  This is not an uncommon situation.

Dr. Glen

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Glen Ehrenman D.D.S.


I can answer any question in the field of pediatric dentistry which may include questions regarding interceptive orthodontics.


I have been in private practice for 26 years in Westbury, NY. My practice treats patients from infancy through their late adolescence.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Nassau County Dental Society American Dental Association New York State Dental Association

SUNY at Stony Brook, School of Dental Medicine 1981-1985 Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, NY, Pediatric Dentistry 1985-1987

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Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Asst. Professor-SUNY at Stony Brook, School of Dental Medicine-Dept of Children's Dentistry Attending DDS-SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital Attending DDS-North Shore University Hospital at Syosset Attending DDS-Winthrop University Hospital

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