Losing a primary tooth also meant losing your permanent tooth. In the past it would be determined by either your braces or your wisdom teeth being removed and your mouth rebuilt.
Now, however, there is evidence that a temporary loss of your first molars is associated with a permanent loss of your permanent tooth after milk tooth. As is the case with most things related to your oral health, it all depends on which study you are looking at.
A study from Cleveland Clinic Research Institute looked at how people lose their teeth and then tracked their loss primary to loss of one tooth. The way they did this was by examining people who lose their permanent tooth first. This caused the researchers to observe if the loss of a permanent tooth after milk tooth was related to permanent tooth loss.
To determine if loss of tooth in the primary tooth was related to loss of tooth after milk tooth, the researchers divided the group into those that lost one permanent tooth and those that lost both their primary and their milk teeth. They found that among the group that lost one primary tooth, there was a much higher chance of developing loss secondary to milk tooth than the group that lost both their primary and their milk teeth.
Of course, there is no way of knowing if that temporary loss of one tooth is permanent.However, the fact that there is a link between temporary loss of tooth and loss of permanent tooth when babies start getting teeth after milk tooth, or vice versa, is a good thing. Until we know that a dental implant may be an option for permanent tooth after milk tooth or a full-blown surgery like a dental implant, it may be wise to do some screening to make sure that you are healthy enough to get an implant.
For more information on permanent tooth loss, please see our comprehensive article on permanent tooth loss. Until then, please check out our other articles on aging teeth, implant dentistry, gum disease and tooth loss secondary to missing or misaligned teeth.
To read the study, visit: www.cincinnatisciences.org/content/articles/issue-deal/article/33-dental-implants-for-possible-placement-of-permanent-tooth-after-milk-tooth-in-early-life-reversed-by-loss-primary-tooth.
In the study, the researchers observed that a permanent tooth was not lost by children who lost their primary tooth before their second tooth developed fully. The study was published in 2020.
In regard to how permanent tooth loss occurs, there is no way to predict when your permanent tooth will become permanently lost. The researchers were unable to determine a specific period of time.
For example, a study from researchers at the University of California Davis School of Dentistry found that a person who loses one primary tooth before they lose their milk tooth can have the milk tooth permanently lost after loss of one of their primary teeth. This study was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics.
In that same study, researchers found that more than half of the individuals had one or more secondary, or milk, teeth. Even more common, another third of the individuals had lost their permanent tooth after loss of one of their milk teeth. The third group of individuals had lost their permanent tooth after the loss of both their primary and their milk teeth.
When the research indicates that loss of tooth and loss of milk tooth are associated, it may be wise to get your mouth evaluated by a dentist or an orthodontist. A professional should determine if a dental implant is needed, or if a full-blown surgery is the best option for a person who has lost their permanent tooth. Inany case, the sooner you get your mouth evaluated, the better