Tooth Eruption: When Do Adult Teeth Come in?
As people age, they begin to lose their baby teeth and go through the slow, and sometimes painful, processes of having their adult teeth erupt. Adult teeth are important without them, we wouldn’t be able to eat our favorite snacks! Our teeth are important to not only our oral health but the health condition of the rest of our body as well. This means it’s important to take care of them, especially as they’re beginning to erupt. When can people expect permanent teeth to come in throughout life?
While tooth eruption can vary from person to person, the first permanent teeth generally start coming in around the age of six or seven. The first molars are usually the first teeth to come in, followed by the central incisors around seven or eight years old. Around 10 years old, the other permanent teeth start to emerge. These teeth include the first and second premolars and the canine teeth. And lastly, the remaining molars begin to come in. By around 13, most permanent teeth will have erupted and settled in their place. If teeth are having difficulty coming in, like an impacted canine tooth or ingrown tooth, then oral surgery procedures may need to be considered to help the teeth come in and remove them if necessary.
Wisdom teeth generally don’t begin to erupt until the person is in their late teens or early 20s. But not everyone has wisdom teeth. Some people may not have any, while others may have just one or two. These last four teeth aren’t necessary, a lot of people undergo a wisdom tooth procedure to have them removed. Wisdom tooth removal is an extremely common procedure — in fact, it’s performed on five million people in the U.S. every year. Wisdom teeth may be removed for a variety of reasons: they can become impacted, not have enough room to erupt, or can become infected and need to be removed. If there are wisdom teeth concerns, like overcrowding, then an experienced oral surgeon will perform a wisdom tooth procedure to remove them. While a wisdom tooth procedure can seem scary, it can help alleviate pain and discomfort caused.
Teeth require special care, otherwise, they won’t remain healthy and can cause further problems. So as teeth come in, whether it’s baby teeth, adult teeth, or wisdom teeth, it’s important to keep an eye on them and visit a dentist regularly to ensure they’re as healthy as possible.