About Your Teeth

SCARSDENTALGROUP_AR21During your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. From the age of 6-8 months, the 20 primary teeth appear. All 20 of your teeth are in place by age 3.

At the age of 6 your first permanent molars appear. By age 12 the second molars generally erupt. Between 11 and 12 years old the first and second bicuspids replace the deciduous first and second molars (see chart). Wisdom teeth typically begin breaking through from age 17 and up. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth. This is why it is most common for wisdom teeth are to be removed between the ages of 15 and 22.

Your front four teeth are called central incisors and lateral incisors. The sharp canine teeth are third from the center. The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep for life, so it is vital that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups by our Westchester Area dentist are followed.

About Your Teeth