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 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. Geeth Sadasivam


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 »

What is a zig-zag pattern in the top of the newly erupted permanent tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 7 year old. She has one permanent teeth with zigzag snap on the top and now the second teeth are like the same. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Hardika Kothari


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you send me a picture so as to gain more clarity so that I can guide you better?  Read Full »

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

Query: My baby 1 and half year old while playing she fall down she lost her front upper tooth from root Is that tooth come again?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Icliniq This is your Dentist - I went through your query and it too painful to see a baby in pain . Kindly donot worry as its a primary(milk tooth) so it will surely erupt by the age of 7 years . So Ma'am kindly be patient till then . If possible kindly upload an image of th...  Read Full »

Due to delay in shedding of milk teeth, permanent teeth are growing inward. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 6.5 years old. Two of her front teeth are shaky but not falling off but I see the new is growing because of space the old one occupying, new one growing is not aligned. It looks like it is growing little inward and cross.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and also seen the image attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As a specialist it is quite fine, she is on the safer side as no such visible misalignment once the permanent tooth erupts fully. As you mentioned and also vi...  Read Full »

What is the difference between milk teeth and permanent teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 10 years old. I do not have my second premolar in the upper side, I only have the first premolar. It has been like this for my whole life. My bottom first premolar teeth are getting loose, and my upper first premolar teeth have fallen down. Is this normal for a 10-year-old? What ...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have got some interesting questions here. Firstly, during our baby dentition stage, we have two incisors, one canine, and two molars (on each side). 10 teeth on each jaw, a total of 20 teeth. Premolars come into play only during the adult dentition stage. And...  Read Full »

Do I need a root canal if there is no pain?

Query: Hello doctor,Approximately one year back, my left chewing tooth got a small hole due to something which I bit. So, that became a tooth decay, over there it looks black. I recently consulted a dentist. So, he suggested a root canal but I do not have any pain nor loose of teeth and also I am afraid of...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the cavity is deep, the root canal treatment is necessary to save it. Else, it will have to be pulled out later. If it is not too deep then you should ask him whether first a temporary filling can be given and if there is no pain even after one month, it can be re...  Read Full »

10-year-old has a broken hollow back tooth. What is the treatment?

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...  Read Full »

Tooth is erupting behind milk tooth. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My niece is currently 6 years old and her tooth is growing up behind her milk tooth that has not fallen out yet. What should we do?  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I got your chief complaint. Permanent teeth start erupting after 6 years of age and replace deciduous teeth. In this process, as deciduous teeth erupt, milk teeth fall down gradually. However, if milk teeth remain there, they are to be extracted to allow permanent tooth...  Read Full »

My 16 year old daughter's baby teeth have not fallen off still. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 16 years old, and her baby teeth have still not fallen off. Just in the past two years, it had slowly started to be pushed out and now the permanent teeth are finally erupting. It seems red in the middle, but there is no pain or discomfort. Will the teeth eventually com...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Dentist, Oral Implantologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. The problem is over-retained milk teeth. As your daughter is 16 years of age and still the milk teeth have not fallen, then there is a possibility that it will not fall on its own. Rather, it will disturb the alignment of the erupting permanent teet...  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 »

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