The Transition to Permanent Teeth

As parents, we experience babies getting their first teeth. The chewing, drooling, and crying of the teething process eventually comes to an end as they cross into the toddler age-range and develop all of their primary teeth. When children reach six or seven years old, parents should expect the transition from primary to permanent teeth. Since it’s been a long time since you yourself have experienced this transition, Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry has everything you need to know about these upcoming milestones in your child’s life.

The First Permanent Teeth

Sometimes before your child loses their first baby teeth, they develop the first molars. These are permanent teeth that affect the shape of your child’s face and should be cared for carefully because they are not going to fall out.

Losing Primary Teeth

According to the Mayo Clinic, children typically lose their primary, or baby teeth in the order of which they got them. This means, your child may lose their central incisors first and see the permanent ones come through. These are the two front teeth at the center of the mouth. This milestone should occur around ages six to eight years old.

Next are typically the lateral incisors, which are next to the central incisors. These permanent teeth appear between seven and eight years of age. Children between nine and thirteen years old, will develop their four canine teeth. These are the slightly pointed teeth next to the lateral incisors.

Permanent Molars and Wisdom Teeth

From 11 to 13 years old, children are expected to get their second molars. There is a break in permanent tooth development until about 17 to 21 years old, when you can expect your now-teenager to have their wisdom teeth, or third molars, come in. However, some teens or adults need to have their wisdom teeth removed before they break through to prevent crowding, tooth decay, or pain.

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