About Teeth

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Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. The primary teeth begin to erupt around ages 6-8 months, and all 20 have usually erupted by age 3.

Permanent teeth will begin to erupt into the mouth around age 6, with the exception of wisdom teeth, and are all present by ages 12 and 14. Wisdom teeth typically begin to erupt into the mouth starting around age 17. The total number of permanent teeth is 32. However, few people have room for all 32 teeth, which is why wisdom teeth are often removed during the late teenage or early adulthood years.

Your front four teeth are called incisors. The sharp pointed teeth next to the incisors are called canines ("eye teeth"). The next side teeth are referred to as pre-molars or bicuspids, and the back teeth are molars. Both primary and permanent teeth are essential for normal function and orofacial development.