When To Expect Baby Teeth to Show Up

It’s an exciting time when an infant’s first tooth comes in. For most babies, teeth start to appear at about six months. A pediatric dentist might refer to this as a tooth eruption schedule, but don’t expect anything like a volcano. Tooth eruption refers to the approximate timetable of when baby teeth begin to appear (erupt) from the gums. When the first teeth appear (or by one year of age) it’s time to schedule with a pediatric dentist for your child’s first checkup.

Eruption Schedule for Baby Teeth

The front teeth on the top and bottom generally start to appear at about 6 months and are all in place by 2 years. First molars (the back, chewing teeth) usually emerge between 1-2 year old. Second molars (at the far back) generally emerge between ages 2 and 3. Of course there are many natural difference in development. A caring pediatric dentist will answer questions and keep an eye on dental health and development.

When Permanent Teeth Emerge

As permanent teeth begin to emerge (about age 6) baby teeth fall out to make way. Baby teeth continue to be lost, and permanent teeth emerge between about the ages of 6 and 12. It is sometimes necessary to extract a baby tooth, due to trauma, infection, or to prepare for orthodontic work. If a pediatric extraction is necessary, it can be scheduled as an office procedure.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) usually emerge in the later teen years. X-rays and children’s dental appointments can alert early to signs of trouble with the wisdom teeth. If they are impacted by bone, poorly angled, or left without room in the mouth,  then your children’s dentist may discuss extraction.

It Helps to Know When Baby Teeth Will Start To Show

There isn’t a precise timetable for eruption, but if you are concerned about your baby’s teeth, let us  know. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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