Permanent teeth begin to appear around the age of six and grow for a few years. There are 32 permanent teeth (including wisdom teeth) and they’re usually a bit more yellow than primary teeth.
How do I know if my child’s teeth are growing properly?
All the way in the back of the mouth, behind the last baby tooth, the first molar makes its debut. It does not replace another tooth. Then, the four front teeth appear on the top and bottom (incisors). Between the ages of 10 and 12, the canines and bicuspids erupt. Second molars appear around the age of 13 and wisdom teeth begin coming in at the end of adolescence or in the early 20s.
Can permanent teeth cause problems as they erupt?
Lack of space could lead to overcrowding and malocclusion.
Other problems include:
- Growth speed (time required for the tooth to completely erupt)
- Tooth shape, size or colour
- Too much space between teeth
As each child is different, the sequence and age when teeth erupt varies.
By taking x-rays and performing regular dental check-ups, we can monitor the progression of your child’s permanent teeth. This way, we’ll be able to address any problems early on and keep consequences to a minimum.