About Teeth

Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. Primary teeth usually appear around ages 6-8 months, and all 20 are usually in place by age 3.

Permanent teeth will begin to erupt around age 6, and with the exception of wisdom teeth, are all usually present between ages 12 and 14. The next teeth to erupt are the 12-year molars and finally the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth typically begin breaking through from age 17 and on, but may appear earlier in some patients. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32 teeth, which is why wisdom teeth are usually removed.

Your front teeth are called incisors. The sharp “fang-like” teeth are canines. The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep for life, so it is important that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups by a dentist are followed.