Is permanent teeth growing next to baby teeth normal in children?
Sometimes a baby tooth is still present and not yet loose when the permanent tooth begins to erupt. If the permanent tooth comes into the mouth in a position in front of or behind the baby tooth, it takes longer for the root of the baby tooth to dissolve. This does not usually cause a problem for the patient. The baby tooth will eventually come out on its own and does not need to be pulled.
What should I do if my child loses a baby tooth before he or she is supposed to?
Tooth charts give approximate ages for baby teeth to be lost and permanent teeth to erupt. They are just averages though. Some kids lose all of their baby teeth by age 10 and others still have baby teeth at 14. The answer to this question would depend on which tooth is involved and the age of the patient. Sometimes, no treatment is needed and other times I would recommend a space maintainer.