Permanent Teeth

Permanent or adult teeth are the set of teeth that erupt after the milk or primary tooth fall. Humans have 32 permanent teeth, which includes eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars, and 12 molars. In kids, the first permanent tooth erupts around 6 years of age.

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My daughter’s last left back tooth broke and was hollow. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 10-year-old daughter's back left tooth completely broke off on her gum, and it was hollow. I believe it is an adult tooth. How would a tooth be hollow?  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If it is the second last tooth of the last side, then it is the last milk tooth that got broken, as it falls off in between age 9 to 11 years. If it is the last tooth of arch that got broken it is the permanent molar tooth. It is the only permanent molar in arch till 12 y...  Read Full »

A 7-year-old child lost two front teeth 18 months ago. When will they erupt?

Query: Hello doctor, My 7-year-old daughter lost her two front teeth well over 18 months ago. They have no signs of coming in still. Is there a problem? Should I get a check up done? Please advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Normally it should have started erupting as seven to eight years is the average age and 7 to 12 months is the average eruption time after tooth falls. In case your girl is malnourished or low in weight or there is any other systemic condition associated, the situation m...  Read Full »

Do children lose all of their teeth or do some remain?

Query: Hello doctor,Do children lose all of their teeth? I have a dentist who says there are permanent teeth children do not lose and that this cavity that seems to be forming should be taken care of because that tooth will not fall out. This is the tooth all the way in the back of a 6-year-old's mouth tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How are you doing? Children have 20 milk teeth (10 each in upper and lower jaws) which shed till the age of maximum 10 to 12 years. The permanent teeth erupt in their places and the three permanent molars erupt behind the primary teeth. According to the age, I think y...  Read Full »

How to fix broken front two teeth in a 6-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor,My 6 year old daughter fell and broke her two front teeth. Please check the photos. I am on my way to a physician, and the blood is almost stopped. But, I want to know your opinion of the situation. Is it dangerous?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have to get her to a dentist. To remove the dangling milk tooth and stitch the area if laceration is present. Apply ice over the area of trauma. It does not seem to be much problem as the tooth appears to be a milk tooth and thus even if it goes, the next te...  Read Full »

Kindly give your suggestion on the delayed tooth eruption of my 15-year-old son.

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 15 years old. His milk teeth are not fallen out yet. Based on the X-ray report, the permanent teeth are below the milk teeth. Hence, we are getting extraction of milk teeth in phases and waiting for permanent teeth to erupt. However, it had been more than a month, and the p...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the X-ray that you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Certain people will have delayed eruptions. So do not worry. As the milk teeth are extracted, we can wait for another two weeks for the permanent teeth to erupt. As the ...  Read Full »

Is it normal to still have baby teeth at 19?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old and all of my teeth are baby/milk teeth. Is there a chance that permanent teeth will grow for me?  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Usually, milk teeth start shedding at 6 years of age, followed by permanent teeth eruption. Permanent teeth gradually replace milk teeth and the entire replacement occurs within 14 years of age. Persistence of the milk teeth at 19 years requires attention. The a...  Read Full »

I have milk teeth at 20 years. Will permanent teeth erupt on removing them?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. My milk teeth or primary teeth did not fall still. Those teeth are a little bit shaky now. If I get it removed, will I get new permanent teeth?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi,Welcome to milk teeth till the age of 20 years must have caused misalignment and impaction of your permanent teeth.First of all, you should get a panoramic x-ray done to check whether the permanent teeth buds are present under the milk teeth. If yes, then it has to be ...  Read Full »

My 3.5-year-old daughter has a new tooth erupting behind her molars. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3.5 year old daughter, has all 20 teeth. She recently got sick with four days of fever. Then, she suddenly said that her teeth hurt. She does not seem to have intense pain, and is happy and playing. But, when I asked her to point to where it hurt, she pointed on both side at the back o...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to An extra set of teeth or supernumerary teeth in toddlers is a rare finding, with less than 1% occurrence. And, that too near the molar is very rare. It can be a rare case of deciduous supernumerary teeth or an early eruption of a permanent molar tooth. Although it is t...  Read Full »

Will the tooth come back if a 1.5-year-old baby loses her tooth?

Query: Hi doctor,My baby is one and a half years old. While playing, she fell down and she lost her upper front tooth from the root. Is it possible for her to have that tooth again?   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and it is painful to see a baby with pain. Do not be worried. As it is a primary tooth, you can have a permanent tooth by the age of seven years. Kindly be patient. If possible, you can upload an image of the area to see whether any ot...  Read Full »

My 13 year old pulled out a tooth that was hurting. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor,My 13 year old said this tooth was hurting him when he bit down in class. So, he just painfully pulled it out. He is really concerned because the tooth has a root on it. It is the second one from the back on the top right side.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through the complaint and the relevant details. Considering the age of your son, I am pretty sure it is the milk tooth that he has forcefully pulled out. Ask him if the tooth was loose and that he was not able to chew food properly on that side. Do not worr...  Read Full »

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