In the mouth there are multiple sets of teeth that each perform a different function in order to help chew and break down food properly. Most importantly, the molars, which are located in the very back of the mouth, have flat surfaces that grind the food into small bits. Generally, an individual has up to three sets of molars. The four first molars are commonly referred to as the “six year molars” because they erupt around the age of six and the four second molars are typically called “twelve year molars,” since they erupt around the age of twelve. However, the last sets of four molars, which are the “wisdom teeth” typically, do not appear until later in life (usually between the range of 15 to 25 years of age).
Since some teeth come in at certain time frames, cutting certain teeth has the potential to cause symptoms for some individuals or none at all– it varies case by case. However, it is not uncommon to experience discomfort or pain, a mild fever, or a slight headache when cutting teeth. However, it is important to note that any fever that is above 102 degrees Fahrenheit should not be associated with teething. If a fever has been documented at this temperature or higher, it is recommended that medical attention be taken.
Twelve-Year Molars Specific
If your child is experiencing any discomfort, pain or headache while cutting their twelve-year molars it is possible. However, if any pain or headache worsens to become severe, it is recommended that you take your child to any pediatric dentist available for further examination.
As for any mild fever that may be experienced while the molars are erupting, an over the counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen following the proper dosage should be effective. As our dentist friends in Richmond, VA River Run Dental always say, address the concern before it gets out of hand.
If your child seems to be showing signs of severe pain, fever or headache while cutting their twelve-year molars, we strongly recommend scheduling a visit with us at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry located in Ashburn, Virginia. Our wonderful pediatric dentist, Dr. Konz will evaluate your child’s mouth to ensure that the molars are coming in properly. Our staff is dedicated to treating young children and adolescents and wants to assure you that your little one will be in great care with us!