The body is a wonderful machine in the city of Leeds, a body that has the ability to repair itself when thing go wrong and this is especially true of how it adjusts to change during growth. This can also be said of the way our teeth adapt, especially when the secondary ones come through. However, on occasions, things go wrong and our system fails us and even the tiniest default can lead to major problems further down the line. When secondary teeth come through, the baby teeth should by that time be long gone and the roots should have dissolved, but in some cases, the roots can fuse to the jawbone causing ankylosis, and this can upset the growth of the new teeth. The new teeth can become suffocated by these roots and this can stunt growth as well as making it crooked. It will normally only happen to the odd tooth, but this can also affect the growth of surrounding teeth and cause infection. The growth of secondary teeth is important so it’s essential that they are allowed freedom to grow unhindered and if a tooth is suffering from ankylosis, there may well be little option but to have if removed for the sake of the health of others.