How to tell the difference between Baby Tooth and Adult Tooth?

Hi,

The root of one of my teeth disappeared when I was a teenager and the tooth just staid there. This is an adult tooth, however the insurance is considering it as an baby tooth because it has no root. Is there no other way (size, color) that could help me confirm to the insurance that this is an adult tooth, not a baby one?

This tooth needs to be replaced by an implant, and insurance would cover it if this is an adult tooth only.

Thanks!
Vigie

Your dentist should def. be able to tell the difference between a primary tooth and an adult tooth. Depending on where it is located and what size it is in comparison to the other teeth. Some people do not get a permanent tooth in one or more places, thus the baby tooth stays present in the mouth as there is not another tooth under it pushing it out. The roots on baby teeth resorb so they can get ready to become loose and come out to make way for the adult teeth. Even though there is not a root present the tooth can still remain in the mouth for several years, sometimes a lifetime if you are careful. I have seen grown men with a primary tooth still in their mouth. Maxillary perm molars (upper, back teeth) have three roots, and mandibular perm molars (lower back teeth) have two roots. Depending on where this tooth is should tell your dentist if it is a primary or permanent tooth. Some people do have their permanent tooth roots resorb for some reason, in this case if the tooth becomes loose then they would have to have an implant. I know of a case where this happened to a lady in the dental field, she has excellent home care, it just so happened that a back molar root resporbed leaving the tooth loose, so she had an implant placed. I am sure there is a way for your dentist to find out one way or another what is going on in your mouth. Insurance companies can be very picky so don’t give up, keep trying.

4 Responses to “How to tell the difference between Baby Tooth and Adult Tooth?”

  1. a baby tooth is smaller than an adult one
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  2. Won’t your insurance company take the word of a dentist? I’m sure there’s some structural way they can prove it with an x-ray or something.
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  3. a baby tooth does not have a root a Adult tooth has four big roots at the end!
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  4. Your dentist should def. be able to tell the difference between a primary tooth and an adult tooth. Depending on where it is located and what size it is in comparison to the other teeth. Some people do not get a permanent tooth in one or more places, thus the baby tooth stays present in the mouth as there is not another tooth under it pushing it out. The roots on baby teeth resorb so they can get ready to become loose and come out to make way for the adult teeth. Even though there is not a root present the tooth can still remain in the mouth for several years, sometimes a lifetime if you are careful. I have seen grown men with a primary tooth still in their mouth. Maxillary perm molars (upper, back teeth) have three roots, and mandibular perm molars (lower back teeth) have two roots. Depending on where this tooth is should tell your dentist if it is a primary or permanent tooth. Some people do have their permanent tooth roots resorb for some reason, in this case if the tooth becomes loose then they would have to have an implant. I know of a case where this happened to a lady in the dental field, she has excellent home care, it just so happened that a back molar root resporbed leaving the tooth loose, so she had an implant placed. I am sure there is a way for your dentist to find out one way or another what is going on in your mouth. Insurance companies can be very picky so don’t give up, keep trying.
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