When New Teeth Arrive

Your child’s first primary, or “baby,” teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of 6-12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring.

Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood, and their permanent teeth begin erupting at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, 32 teeth including wisdom teeth.

Click on the ages below to learn more about dental development.

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Age: 6-10 months

Primary lower central incisors erupt.

Age: 8-12 months

Primary upper central incisors erupt.

Age: 9-16 months

Primary upper & lower lateral incisors erupt.

Age: 13-19 months

First molars erupt. The upper molars generally erupt before the lower molars. Average age of shed: 9-11 years.

Age: 16-23 months

Canines erupt. The upper canines generally erupt before the lower canines. Average age of shed: 9-12 years.

Age: 23-33 months

Second molars erupt. Generally the lower molars erupt first, followed by the upper molars. Average age of shed: 10-12 years.

Age: 6-7 years

The primary upper and lower central incisors are shed, and the permanent upper and lower first molars and lower central incisors erupt.

Age: 7-8 years

The primary upper and lower lateral incisors are shed, and the permanent upper central incisors and lower lateral incisors erupt.

Age: 8-9 years

The permanent upper lateral incisors erupt and the primary upper first molars are shed.

Age: 9-10 years

The primary upper and lower canines and the lower first molars are shed, and the permanent lower canines erupt.

Age: 10-12 years

The primary upper and lower 2nd molars are shed, and the permanent upper canines erupt, as well as upper and lower first and second premolars.

Age: 11-13 years

The permanent upper and lower 2nd molars erupt.

Age: 17-21 years

The upper and lower 3rd molars (or wisdom teeth) erupt.