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Tooth Eruption – Center, TX

The Basics of Primary Teeth & Permanent Teeth

Smiling young boy

One of the most common questions we hear from parents is, “When will my baby’s teeth start to come in?” We love reviewing this process with parents and having the opportunity to work with kids from the eruption of their very first tooth to the very last. Contact the Family Dental Center of East Texas to find out more about tooth eruption or schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Family Dental Center of East Texas for Tooth Eruption?

  • Kid-Friendly Dentists With Decades of Experience
  • Soothing Sedation Dentistry Available
  • Special Needs Children Always Welcome

Primary Teeth

Laughing baby

Most children have a full set of primary teeth by the age of two. The first teeth to erupt are typically the lower central incisors, the two front teeth followed closely by the upper central incisors. From there, the teeth typically appear in sets of four on the top and bottom on either side of the newly erupted teeth. In some cases, kids develop teeth out of order, and this is completely normal. Most often, the canines (the sharp teeth near the front of the smile) erupt after one or both sets of molars.

Permanent Teeth

Smiling little girl with missing top front teeth

Between the ages of six and ten, patients lose their baby teeth, and the permanent adult teeth erupt to take their place. The first permanent teeth to erupt are typically the lower central incisors and the upper and lower first molars (the back teeth used for grinding food). Next, are the upper central incisors and lower lateral incisors (teeth on either side of the central incisors), which are followed by the upper lateral incisors and the second molars. Finally, between the ages of 17 and 25, the wisdom teeth or third molars erupt.