While in the womb, the development of primary “baby” teeth has begun. Typically, at birth, a baby has a full set of primary teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw) hidden beneath the gums. These primary teeth begin to erupt and cut through the gums over a period of time. Generally, a child will have their full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of three.
Primary teeth are important, but it is even more important to know that they are not meant to stay in the mouth forever. As children develop, the mouth continues to grow and develop as well. These primary teeth fall out periodically over time and the permanent teeth begin to erupt. Similar to the process of “teething” primary teeth as babies, permanent teeth erupt at various age ranges as well.
Specifically, the second molars located in front of the “wisdom teeth” erupt roughly between the ages of 11 to 13 years. The upper second molars tend to erupt around the ages of 12 to 13, while the lower second molars may begin to erupt from the 11 to 13 years age range. Most importantly, it should be understood that there is no specific age to pinpoint exactly when the second molars may erupt. Since heredity plays a large factor in tooth development this can either speed up or delay the timing when certain teeth will erupt in the mouth. Our orthodontist in Raleigh, NC friend, Dr. Jason Gladwell often explains that many parents want braces as soon as possible for their children. This is not always the best decision.
If you have any further questions or concerns about second molars or permanent teeth, please feel free to contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry today for your initial consultation at (703)-348-2813. We are a pediatric dental office located in the Ashburn, Virginia area who specialize in treating children of all ages. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Konz is very knowledgeable and encompasses a true passion for working with young children and adolescents. We certainly look forward to hearing from you soon!