How long will my tooth take to protrude?

About a month ago, I got 2 teeth extracted (1 baby tooth and 1 adult tooth) to make space for an adult tooth that was stuck in my palate/gum. They brought the tooth forward, but not down, so now I have a huge gap where my tooth is supposed to be. they told me that I would have to have a brace put on within two weeks or else my gum will grow over it, and I will have to get another operation done. But upon going to the orthodontist, I was told that I'd have to wait 9 months for my tooth to grow out, and then I would get braces, and that the gum shouldn't grow over it. My gum has healed over, and I'm afraid that my tooth wont be able to grow. Also, I have heard of cases where it took as long as 6 years for someone's tooth to grow, during which time they had braces. I'm a bit worried about my situation, how long will my tooth take to grow? Also, I'm 17, and after 9 months, I'll be 18. Will I be made to pay?

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Answer: Tooth eruption time

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to how long it will take for your tooth to erupt.  Every tooth is different.  The position, density of the bone, and your individual body all play a roll.  Usually when a tooth is exposed, a bracket and wire are attached to the tooth and it is brought down slowly with the help of the bracket and attached wire.  If your orthodontist feels the tooth will erupt on its own now that the primary teeth have been removed, more than likely it will.  If not, the orthodontist will bond a bracket to the tooth and help it progress.  It is not healthy to be in full brackets for 6 years, the orthodontist will not carry your treatment on unnecessarily.  Exposing the tooth through the tissue is a simple routine procedure that is predictable.  Your tooth can erupt through the tissue on its own, just like the permanent teeth do when a primary tooth is lost. 

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