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Space between neighboring teeth

My child is 3 and a half years old. She has not sufficient number of teeths in the upper part. That is why, there are spaces between neighboring teeths. Is it a problem ? If yes, what should be the correction procedure?
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How many teeth in total does your child have?  You should should have approximately 20 teeth at this age.


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She has nine teeth in the upper part that is one less than usual. I noticed that the missing tooth is in front of the upper part. Among the four front teeth (i.e. normal) in the upper part, there is only three ( one absent) and there are gaps between them. The missing tooth did not grow in.
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I wouldn't worry about her missing baby teeth as it would have normally have fallen out at age 6-7 and replaced by an adult tooth.  There isn't any correction unless it is a cosmetic problem.  

My concern is that you want to make sure there's an adult tooth underneath and that the baby tooth isn't stuck or blocked.  Seeing a dentist and having an x-ray taken would be a good idea.

The spacing isn't a bad thing.  The adult teeth take up more room and so there is a natural spacing in kids teeth.  If she has sufficient space, she may not need braces or not need braces as long because there's more room so less crowding.


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