About Teeth

Phoenix, AZ

Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. The primary teeth first appear around ages 4-8 months, and usually all 20 are in place by age 3. However, these eruption times can vary and still be normal.
Permanent teeth usually begin to erupt around age 6 and, with the exception of wisdom teeth, are teeth all present between ages 12 and 14. This means that some baby teeth can remain in the mouth until the early teen years. Wisdom teeth typically begin to erupt between 17-21 years old. Including the wisdom teeth, the total number of permanent teeth is 32. Your front 4 squared-off teeth are called incisors. The pointed teeth adjacent to them are called canines or cuspids. Continuing towards the back of the adult mouth, the next teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids. Then, the large back teeth are the molars and we can have up to have 3 in each corner of the mouth.

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