When do children’s teeth come through and fall out?

calendario 25-Aug-2017
Dra. Montañés
Specialist in Dental Aesthetics and Dental Rehabilitation

In terms of children’s and infant dental care, it is common for parents to ask us at what age do babies get their first teeth? and at what age do children’s teeth change?

The teething process consists of 20 “temporary” teeth (milk teeth), which start to come through at the age of 6 months, and are generally completely through by the age of 3.

The first “permanent” (adult) tooth, the first molar, comes through at 6 and marks the beginning of mixed dentition, which runs from the age of 6 to 12. During this time, the temporary teeth are progressively replaced by the permanent teeth.

The adult teeth generally finish coming through between the ages of 12 and 14, except the wisdom teeth, which tend to appear at around 18 years old. Although on some occasions that is not the case as the maxillary bones may impact them, sometimes indefinitely.

Occasionally, the replacement of temporary teeth by permanent ones does not take place within the timescales shown in the illustration we provide. If the delay stays within a 6-month margin, it isn’t a cause for concern. However, if the delay is longer, it is advisable to make an appointment with a dental specialist to determine the cause of this delay, as well as a possible treatment.

Knowing when first teeth tend to come through is very useful for parents. As it is a process that causes both stress and worry, the information always helps along the way. On the other hand, when a child loses their first tooth, it is also a milestone in their development; with the introduction of figures like the tooth fairy, which help us to go about the process as naturally as possible.

At our clinic in Palma, we have a specialist infant dentistry area, with spaces specially designed for children. We also offer a free check-up service from the age of 3 years onwards. Book an appointment now and enjoy these benefits.