Teeth Growth and Development in Chilren and Adults
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Teeth Growth and Development in Children & Adults

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Are we born with your teeth?

Babies are usually born with 20 baby teeth commonly referred as primary teeth which start to form between the sixth and eighth week of prenatal development. Teeth growth & development (odontogenesis) is the complex process by which teeth form embryonic cells, grow, and erupt into the mouth. Permanent teeth begin to form in the twentieth week and start to come erupt through the gums at about 6 months. This process is called teething and all the teeth can be seen by the time children are aged 2 to 3. Teeth will fall out and be loss at varying times between childhood and adulthood.

How do kids permanent teeth develop?

Permanent teeth begin developing around the jaws at birth and will continue as the child the grows older. Permanent teeth are also known as adult teeth or secondary teeth. At around six years old the first permanent teeth, four molars (two in each jaw) erupt and start to emerge behind the child’s existing primary teeth.

How do wisdom teeth grow through gums?

Wisdom teeth may not partially break through your gums due to a lack of space. This can cause a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. For some people wisdom teeth may be impacted and get stuck in your jaw and not break through your gum line. In this situation the excess flap can trap food and lead to gum infections.

Do teeth stop growing?

Usually between the age of 17 and 25 teeth will stop growing as permanent teeth have grown and are in place. Do not be alarmed if you find teeth that appear to be longer. They may be this way not due to growing teeth but it is because your gum has shrunk making your teeth look longer.

Do teeth grow back?

Unfortunately once permanent tooth have grown into place and if something happens that causes a tooth loss, a new tooth will not grow in its place. We only have baby teeth because at that age we have smaller faces and jaws. We then grow permanent teeth as we come into adulthood.

So what are some signs children or adults need to go see a dentist?

  • There is pain or swelling in your mouth
  • Gums aren’t feeling normal and acting up
  • Problems with chewing and eating food
  • Chipped or wobbly teeth
  • Have dry mouth or bad breathe
  • See a dentist at least once a year

Why should my family keep to a  routine dental schedule?

Adults and children should come see us at Vita dental regularly so we can keep an eye on teeth growth & development and watch for possible issues. Those families who maintain healthy oral hygiene benefit from having very little risk of cavities or gum disease. It is usual for our clients to visit with us at Vita Spring dentist once each year, however twice is preferred. We have clients who may need more frequent visits because they are at high risk of dental disease. If you are on a deep cleaning schedule you should visit with us every 3-4 months.