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Reasons Why Your Child May Struggle with Molar Eruption

Posted on 2/10/2020 by Fariba Mutschler
Reasons Why Your Child May Struggle with Molar EruptionMolar eruption is a tooth development process in which your child's teeth enter their mouth and can be seen by you. This typically starts around the time your child turns 6-months-old. While this process usually goes pretty smoothly, there are some children who struggle with it.

Ectopic Eruption

This happens when your child's permanent tooth bud isn't properly positioned. It results in the tooth erupting in the wrong place. Oftentimes, this means that their first permanent molar doesn't erupt on time, so their secondary molar's distal root is resorbed. We can treat this by placing an orthodontic appliance in their mouth that will distalize their first molar.


This happens when your child's tooth forms a solid union with its bone. It's caused by a growth around the tooth. Typically, we'll observe the tooth to see if it'll eventually fix itself. If it doesn't, then we may need to place a space maintainer there to force it to correct itself.

Unequal Resorption

When this happens your child's teeth will have over-retention. This is something that's important for us to treat instead of taking a wait and see mentality here. Failure to treat it properly can cause future damage in that your child's permanent teeth may become displaced.

Treatment consists of extracting the primary tooth. Before we do this though we'll make sure that the permanent teeth aren't close to erupting because in that case we may not have to do anything at all. Nevertheless, it's still something we must look at as soon as possible.

Congenitally Missing Teeth

This is the simple way of saying that your child has either anodontia or hypodontia. Anodontia occurs when their teeth completely fail to develop and is, fortunately, quite rare. On the other hand, hypodontia (a.k.a. partial anodontia) is more common. In either case, it's a matter of creating a tooth to hold the space of that missing tooth.
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