If you want your child’s teeth to grow healthy, especially during the stage when they are losing their teeth, you may like to consider having your child checked out for Ankylosis. Yes, throughout, the dental profession in the city of Leeds, they have a name for everything, but you’d be acting naïve if you didn’t clue yourself on some of this terminology- just because you may never have heard of it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Milk teeth by their very nature dissolve- the ends fall off and with it, so do the roots of the tooth as they get absorbed into the bone, but when it doesn’t and the root remains glued to the bone you have Ankylosis. Essentially, the root is still there and ready to block the passage of the new tooth ready to come through. This is similar to an injury where the tooth is knocked out, yet the root remains. The causes in a child are put down to being hereditary and diet, but whatever the cause, there simply isn’t enough room for the tooth to grow; this can affect the size of the tooth and make it grow lower than others. The teeth can be monitored during this period, but inevitably the roots will have to be removed in order for all the teeth to grow healthy.