If you have a teenager, you may be wondering how many teeth they should have. The truth is that most teens have 32 teeth. They typically have 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars, including 4 wisdom teeth.

In most cases, teenagers have their wisdom teeth removed. By having their wisdom teeth removed, they may be able to avoid the following issues:

Teeth crowding: In the event your teen has a small jaw, wisdom teeth can lead to teeth crowding. When crowding occurs, teeth may become impacted, meaning they’ll become misaligned or won’t completely break the surface
Infection: If your teen complains about pain in their mouth, the pain may be the result of a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections are common when wisdom teeth are partially erupted.
Crooked teeth: When your teen’s wisdom teeth grow in, they may push against the other teeth and lead to a crooked smile. This may require the need for braces, even if your teen has already had them.
Cavities: If your child’s wisdom teeth grow in crooked, they may rub against the surrounding teeth and cause cavities.

If your teen does get their wisdom teeth removed, they should be left with 28 teeth.

Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If you’re concerned about your teen’s teeth and want to make sure that they have the right amount or want to find out if they need their wisdom teeth pulled, contact a pediatric dentist at our office. Call us at 703-348-2813 today.