Tooth Eruption

The process through which a tooth moves up from inside the gums and jawbones, and appears inside the mouth is called tooth eruption. The first tooth erupts around 4 to 6 months, and the last tooth between 19 to 21 years of age. Generally, a total of 20 milk teeth and 32 permanent teeth erupt.

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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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 okay to remove my 4.5 years old son's upper front teeth, which he injured while he was nine months old?

Query: Hi doctor, My son hit his mouth on the bathtub while playing when he was 9 months old, causing both top front teeth to be pushed up into his gums. They came back down, and the dentist said they were fine. Now he is 4.5 years old, one of the teeth is ready to fall, and his dentist wants to pull out t...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the x-rays that you have attached to the complaint (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The permanent front teeth seem ready to erupt. The perfect age for the permanent front teeth to erupt is between 5 and 6 years. That is the reason his dentis...  Read Full »

Is it better to wait until my non-painful but tingling wisdom tooth erupts?

Query: Hi doctor,  I am experiencing pain because of my erupting wisdom tooth. It is very painful. I have to take medicines to be alright. After two weeks, the pain got subsided, but my wisdom tooth did not erupt. In the place of my wisdom tooth and the tooth beside it, there is a persistent swelling...  Read Full »


Dr. Gagan Khanna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The erupting wisdom tooth causes pain because it does not have the space to erupt completely and gets impacted. It is at an angle to the adjacent tooth rather than being vertical causing an accumulation of the food, leading to bacterial growth and swelling. The painkiller...  Read Full »

I have pain in the left molar region and bleeding gums. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have extreme pain in my left molar region, and I also have swollen gums that bleed while brushing. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question. I can understand your concern about your bleeding gums and gingivitis. You need to keep brushing your teeth even though it bleeds. And you also need to get your teeth cleaned (oral prophylaxis). Probable causes: Plaque. Calculus....  Read Full »

There is a painful white patch near my last tooth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,How are you doing? I have a pain in my jaw inside the mouth near my last tooth. There is a white patch. It is painful, and I cannot swallow properly because of the pain. Please help me. I am a student.  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am doing very well. Thank you. As you have mentioned, the pain is around your last tooth, and it could be due to your third molar or wisdom tooth trying to erupt. This is a widespread problem at your age, but I would like a clearer picture of your case. Kind...  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 icliniq.com. 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 a lot of pain in my erupting left lower wisdom tooth. Any suggestions?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cluster of white rings near a tooth on the roof of my mouth. My left lower wisdom tooth is coming out, and I have a failed root canal on the same side as the wisdom tooth. I am in a lot of pain, and I cannot eat. I keep biting my cheeks because the left side is swollen. Any s...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.White rings can be due to ulceration or traumatic injury. A clinical examination is a must for ruling out what exactly it is. For the wisdom tooth, I think it is pericoronitis, that is, the inflammation of the gum flap around the wisdom tooth. I would suggest anti-inflammat...  Read Full »

I have pain in one of my erupting wisdom teeth. Can it get infected?

Query: Hi doctor, I have two wisdom teeth erupting, and I am worried one of them is getting infected on the left side. I am also worried that I might be getting a cavity under the cap of the molar teeth. And I feel that they have to be taken out, as they are 5 to 6 years old. I have attached a photo of the...  Read Full »


Dr. Nisha Ashokkumar Agrawal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query, and I can understand your concern. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lower left wisdom tooth is out of the arch means erupting buccally. It would have been better if you had attached the x-rays too, but it ...  Read Full »

Why does my 15-month-old baby not have any milk tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 15 months old. Her first milk tooth has not yet erupted till now. Why?  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, the first tooth erupts at 6 to 8 months of age. A variation of up to three to six months is acceptable. I would suggest visiting a pedodontist (specialist dentist for handling babies and children) or a general dentist for a check up. An x-ray might also be requir...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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