When Do Permanent Teeth Start to Come In?

Young girl with pigtails and overalls smiles to show off her missing front teeth after losing her baby teeth

Losing baby teeth can be both an exciting and overwhelming time for kids. With support from parents and a good pediatric dentist, your child is less likely to experience problems during their early dental development. It is normal for their baby teeth to get looser and looser, eventually falling out, and be replaced by underlying adult teeth. This process usually begins around 6-7 years old for most kids. By about 11-13 years old, most kids have all their adult teeth. The last permanent teeth to erupt – the wisdom teeth – come in between 17-26 years old. Because wisdom teeth often get impacted, it’s very common to get those molars removed before they erupt.

Do Permanent Teeth Hurt When They Come In?

When infants and toddlers get their baby teeth, they can experience a lot of discomfort that can disrupt their sleep and affect their desire to eat. While most kids don’t feel the same amount of pain when their permanent teeth emerge, they may complain of sore gums, sensitivity, and headaches. Discomfort doesn’t usually require more treatment than child-safe pain medication and cold compresses.

How to Care for Erupting Permanent Teeth

Good oral health habits are important for both baby and permanent teeth. As your child gets the teeth they’ll have for the rest of their life, it’s important for them to maintain good brushing and flossing habits and to consume a balanced diet. Trips to the dentist every six months are also essential as we want to ensure their tooth development is progressing normally.

Compassionate Dental Care for Kids in Austin, TX

At Austin Pearls Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to helps kids feel safe and comfortable every time they walk through our doors. We offer comprehensive pediatric dental services, like cleanings and exams, dental crowns, special needs dentistry, and sedation dentistry. If you have questions about your child’s permanent teeth or want to schedule an appointment with our team, please contact us today!

Austin Pearls Pediatric Dentistry

Austin Pearls Pediatric Dentistry