Permanent tooth eruption is the process of tooth formation that develops over 7 years, during which a child’s baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. By the age of three, a child’s main (baby) teeth have normally emerged, with ten teeth in each jaw. During this time, the first teeth serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth that would follow.
Permanent teeth normally start erupting at the age of six, although they may occur early or later, usually in comparison to when the baby teeth come in. Most permanent teeth appear a few weeks after the accompanying baby teeth fall out; but, although there are 20 baby teeth, 32 permanent teeth will eventually emerge (16 in each jaw). Twelve of these teeth are not replacements for your child’s teeth.
Permanent tooth eruption may begin as early as the age of 4 and as late as the age of 8. If your kid has endured early teething, the permanent teeth would most certainly follow suit. Similarly, delayed teething normally means delayed permanent tooth eruption.
Permanent teeth usually emerge in pairs and a predictable order; but, if your child’s teeth do not erupt in the normal series, there is no reason to be concerned. Permanent tooth eruption, like baby teething, is unique to each child.
The 6-year molars (first molars) are the first permanent teeth to appear, and they are often referred to as “extra” teeth because they do not replace baby teeth. Hereditary factors have a large impact on how teeth emerge. If all parents have perfectly straight teeth, the child’s teeth are more likely to be straight as well. If your family has a history of overcrowding, your child may inherit the issue. Crowding may be fixed with extraction and/or orthodontic surgery, so don’t be concerned.
Visiting the dentist regularly and maintaining proper oral hygiene will help keep your child’s permanent teeth safe and cavity-free (dental caries-tooth decay). If you have any concerns about your child’s permanent teeth, please book an appointment online with our pediatric dentists in Fort Mill and Charlotte today!