Facts About The Structure Of Teeth

dental-We have two types of teeth: milk teeth (deciduous or baby teeth) and adult teeth (permanent teeth). The first teeth start to erupt at the age of around 6 months and most children have all 20 of their baby teeth at the age of 3. The milk teeth are temporary and they are generally smaller and weaker than adult teeth; they usually start to fall out around the age of 6 and by the age of 13 most children have lost all their milk teeth and have most of their adult teeth. Human adults usually have 32 teeth but this is dependent on an individual developing a full set of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop. They erupt right at the backside of the mouth and four in total. The wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. Wisdom teeth usually start to erupt around the age of 16 to 20 but this varies according to the individual and some people develop their wisdom teeth a lot later. Some people never develop wisdom teeth.

Function of the teeth

The teeth are very important and they have essential roles in the body. The main function of the teeth is to break down, grind and chew food, but the teeth are also involved in speech and they support the cheeks and lips.


Are wisdom teeth always troublesome?

Most people dread their wisdom teeth coming through because they have heard horror stories about severe pain from other people, but wisdom teeth do not always cause problems. The most common reason for wisdom tooth pain is a lack of room in the jaw. This can prevent the teeth from coming through properly and if the mouth is very crowded and the tooth is causing pain, a dentist may advise extraction. If this is the case there are a number of treatments for missing teeth, including dentures, a bridge of even dental implants. You can find out more about these treatments on the smile stylist website.