child's teeth

In most children teeth erupt normally and there are no issues. On the other hand there are cases when parents may notice their child’s teeth are not erupting at a normal rate, or not at all. If you notice your child’s teeth are not erupting properly it may be time to bring them in to see their dentist.

One of the many reasons it is important to establish a relationship with your child’s dentist at an early age is so we can keep an eye on their teeth, and get in front of any issues. Knowing ahead of time your child may have an issue can help prevent further complications. There are a few common reasons why teeth may not erupt properly in children.

Space Is Limited

In many cases children do not have enough space in their mouth for permanent teeth to erupt properly. Permanent teeth are larger and wider than baby teeth, and this can cause an issue if there is not enough space available.


Impaction is when a permanent tooth is unable to erupt on its own. Impacted teeth develop under the gums and can be caused by extra teeth, lack of space, or narrow jaws. If your child has impacted teeth we will refer you to an orthodontist for treatment. Orthodontic treatment is typically needed to help make the necessary space in the mouth. A simple procedure is done to uncover the impacted tooth under the gum, and gently pull the tooth into place.

Teeth Erupting the Wrong Way

A common issue children face is when their permanent teeth erupt in the wrong direction. This typically happens to either the upper canine teeth or the lower bicuspids. If your child’s teeth are erupting in the wrong direction you will be referred to an orthodontist to help move the teeth into the correct position.

Extra Teeth

Another common issue with tooth eruption in children is when they have too many teeth. This condition is called hyperdontia, and the extra teeth can block permanent teeth from erupting. To correct this issue we may recommend extracting the extra teeth that are causing an issue. For this condition, orthodontic treatment may be needed.

Medical Conditions

Medical conditions can affect if and how teeth erupt, as well as the development of the jaw. If development is affected by a medical condition, this can delay permanent teeth from erupting on time. Common medical conditions that may cause an issue are down’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, and rickets.

Ready To Visit Your Child’s Dentist?

If you feel your child has an issue with their teeth erupting please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment in our office. Our dentist in Wichita is here to help, and the sooner we can take a look at your child’s teeth the quicker we can devise a treatment plan.

Your child’s health is our priority, and our team always strives to provide the very best care for all of our patients.

If you have a concern about your child’s teeth, and you would like to schedule an appointment please contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.


One of the common topics parents ask about when they visit our office is when they should bring their child to the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that parents find a dentist for their child by the age of one, or when their teeth begin erupting. Primary teeth typically start to erupt around six months of age.

At R2 Center for Dentistry we are the leading family dentists in Marion, KS, serving many patients in the area. Our doctors and staff are trained to work with children, and we support superior dental health. We encourage parents to start early to build a foundation for good oral hygiene
There are many benefits to bringing your child to the dentist. Our team can make sure your child’s teeth are coming in properly and get in front of any issues. We can provide tips and tricks to help your child learn how to care for their teeth. Creating a relationship with our patients is important and we enjoy watching them grow each year when they come in for a visit.

Benefits of Primary Teeth in Children

It is important for children to keep their primary teeth until they are lost naturally. Starting out with proper dental care can set the stage for the future. Our team can help teach your child how important it is to take care of your teeth.

• Primary teeth help save space for adult teeth in the future.
• Help children to chew food properly.
• Promote a healthy smile, and give children confidence about their appearance.
• Primary teeth help with speech development.

During your child’s routine visit to our office, our doctors will check to make sure we do not see any issues or decay. Our team will also monitor the development of their teeth as they grow.

Looking for a Pediatric Dentist in Marion?

To find out more about dental exams for your child we welcome you to contact our office. Let us take care of your teeth and become your preferred Marion Dentist. R2 Center for Dentistry provides quality and affordable dental care for the whole family. We welcome new patients looking for a dentist in Marion to come and tour our office. Our office is newly remodeled with state-of-the-art technology and a relaxing environment for our patients.

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist near you, our Marion office is conveniently located near St. Luke’s hospital, making it a great choice for families in the Marion area. To schedule your child’s appointment please call R2 Center for Dentistry and, our friendly staff will be happy to help.