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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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 Arora

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 »

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 t...  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 t...  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 Arora

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 »

My 14-month-old daughter is grinding her teeth badly. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 14 months old. I had given her a 5 mL dosage of Albendazole before a month. She was doing all fine. From the last week, she has a cold and cough. It is not bad and, whenever she has a cold, she recovers fast.  This time, she is grinding her teeth so bad. I was advised that...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is common for babies of this age group to exhibit this phenomenon, and it has nothing to do with Albendazole. It is because children at this age start to develop molar teeth, which is a little bit painful and irritating. So, do not worry. It is a time bound process an...  Read Full »

Why is my tooth or gums bleeding and paining for more than a month?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 14-years-old. I really never cared much about brushing my teeth, and it has been a while since I have not brushed them. I woke up one day, and it felt like the right side of my gum was hurting, and I went to brush my teeth because I figured maybe it was a tooth growing in or somethi...  Read Full »


Dr. Shraddha Suryavanshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you said, you are 14 years old, and at this age, it is very common to have bleeding gums. There could be two reasons as you are getting new teeth and another one you are attaining puberty. When you attain puberty, there will be a hormonal imbalance inside the body, l...  Read Full »

My daughter's canine did not erupt after three years of extraction. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter got her canine tooth pulled when she was around 10 and it has been three years. The tooth has not come down yet, but she can feel it from the front of the gums, but not the bottom. She got braces in before a year and we asked our orthodontist about it. He has been putting on a...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The timeline, the treatment plan sounds right. The space created seems much more. It is normal to create a little more space than the actual size of the tooth, to allow the tooth to come down easier and usually when spring is removed there is a fast relapse of the space ...  Read Full »

What is the cause of my son's face swelling, allergy or teething?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 17 months old. He has a swollen upper lip on the inside of his mouth. It is not pus filled, just swollen. Both cheeks are puffed up because of the swelling. The swelling started overnight. Also, he has a fever. One side of the molar came out. Is this because of teething or an al...  Read Full »


Dr. Vijaykumar Mundeshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Swelling of upper lip, puffiness of cheeks and sudden onset of fever suggest more like an allergic reaction (angioedema). I will be glad if I have the following information. Have you noted any breathing difficulty or noisy breathing and any skin rashes? Did this happen...  Read Full »

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