My son, just became 5 years old, had his molars (all 4 of the lower jaw, 2 on each side)removed recently. Doctor said those were beyond repairable. The doctor said the permanent (adult) molars will grow soon. But I found that the first permanent molars will come out at around 9 years old and the second ones at around 11 years old, and so on. My concern is that how he's going to chew foods without lower molars. He can chew foods using his front teeth, but it will be very difficult to eat. Does he have to wait until permanent molars come out, or he has to wear a denture? Thanks in advance.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 09 - January - 2012, at 00:48 AM

  • Your doctor is right. Your son’s first permanent molars will erupt by age of 6 years. Baby molars are replaced with adult premolars which come at age of 9-10 years of age. If premature fall of baby molars occurs or in case of early extraction of baby molars, space maintainers are given. Space maintainers are devices which are used to maintain space for permanent teeth following early loss of baby teeth. Functional space maintainer can be given to the child which will also allow him to chew and will also preserve space for adult premolars. You can take your kid to a pedodontist who is specialist in children dentistry. Pedodontist can give functional space maintainer to your child. For more info on space maintainers, refer to…..   http://www.identalhub.com/article_removable-space-maintainers-108.aspx

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