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Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...Read more


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Can adults have dental sealants applied? I know that dental sealants are usually applied on the 6 and 12 year molars, but i never had that done. I have some deep grooves in two of my molars that are just about impossible for me clean. Could I have sealant

Can adults have dental sealants applied? I know that dental sealants are usually applied on the 6 and 12 year molars, but i never had that done. I have some deep grooves in two of my molars that are just about impossible for me clean. Could I have sealant

Yes : Yes an adult could have sealants placed, but is it necessary? It might be a good idea for you if you are cavities prone and you really cannot clean those deep groves. However, if you have not had cavities in those grooves by age 32 there might be an easier way to keep you teeth free of decay like flouride treatments. ...Read more

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Problems with kids and 12 year molars? Our son is about to turn 14 and his 12 year old molars have not yet erupted. Our dentist says that x-rays show that they are in his jaw. If they don't erupt, could this cause any problems for him? Could they be need

Problems with kids and 12 year molars? Our son is about to turn 14 and his 12 year old molars have not yet erupted. Our dentist says that x-rays show that they are in his jaw. If they don't erupt, could this cause any problems for him? Could they be need

Not unusual: Sometimes 12 yr molars erupt late, especially if wisdom teeth congenitally missing. X-rays should reveal maturity of tooth roots, angle of tooth, whether there's still bone over the tooth or just gum. If your dentist thinks the teeth may need help coming in you may want to talk with an orthodontist. ...Read more

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12 year molars coming at 18 acting like wisdoms/painful. Dentist wants to pull 2 baby teeth instead of 12 year molars?

12 year molars coming at 18 acting like wisdoms/painful. Dentist wants to pull  2 baby teeth instead of 12 year molars?

Sounds smart: If there is not enough room for the second molars to come in because of the presence of baby teeth, it seems as if your dentist is making a smart determination. Why would you want to keep baby teeth at the expense of having your permanent second molars come into correct position? ...Read more

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12 year molars coming in at 18 acting like wisdom teeth/painful. Dentist wants to pull my two baby first molars and put me in braces.

12 year molars coming in at 18  acting like wisdom teeth/painful. Dentist wants to pull my two baby first molars and put me in braces.

May be needed: Obviously your growth and development is delayed quite a bit as far as your mouth goes. If your 12 year molars don't have the room to erupt properly then sacrificing baby teeth is probably the best option. Are you missing any other permanent teeth? Who is doing the braces, your dentist or an orthodontist? If it is your dentist then you may want to talk to an orthodontist for another opinion. ...Read more

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My 12 year old molars hurt. the top 2 molars are bite ting down on the gums behind the bottom molars is this normal ? and how do I help with the pain

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth are the last erupting teeth (age 17-22) and may become impacted due to various reasons. See yur dentist for evaluation and x-rays. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth or 12 year old molars, how can I tell?

Wisdom tooth or 12 year old molars, how can I tell?

Count back: From the front. At the middle of the front you should have 2 incisors, one eyetooth, then 2 bicuspids. The next tooth behind the bicuspids is the first molar followed by the 12 year molar and finally the wisdom tooth. If you are missing molars and they drifted out of position, even a dentist would have a hard time identifying which is which.. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are my wisdom teeth or 12 year old molars?

Can you tell me which are my wisdom teeth or 12 year old molars?

Best way...: ...Ask your dentist. 12yr molars are the 7th tooth back from the midline, wisdom teeth the 8th. Your dentist will be able to tell with a quick look or possibly an x-ray. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth cause problems for 12 year old molars trying to come in?

Can wisdom teeth cause problems for 12 year old molars trying to come in?

Yes: Orthodontists see this frequently, especially in children with insufficient posterior arch length. 3rd molars can palisade over the 2nd molars creating eruption anomalies. Please have your child checked by an orthodontist. The services of an oral surgeon may be in order. ...Read more

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Can erupting 6 year molars cause headaches?

Can erupting 6 year molars cause headaches?

Not really: While anything is possible, children do not normally complain of a headache merely as a result of erupting teeth. ...Read more

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What can my 4-year-old get his molars crowned?

What can my 4-year-old get his molars crowned?

Restate the question: We are not able to provide an answer for your question in its present form. Four year olds can indeed have their teeth crowned. This is usually done when there is extensive decay, to save the deciduous (baby) tooth. Ask your dentist to clarify your understanding of your child's needs. ...Read more

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Is it weird if my two year old still doesn't have molars?

Is it weird if my two year old still doesn't have molars?

Not really...: Boys tends to take longer to erupt their molars than girls...we don't know why. Pediatric dentists deal with not only years but 'years and months.' If your child just turned two, then this is normal but if they are approaching three years old, I would have them evaluated by a dentist. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son had to have a 2 molars removed as they were very rotten will they grow back?

My  9 year old son had to have a 2 molars removed as they were very rotten will they grow back?

Depends: If these were "baby" molars, then there is a new tooth underneath which will erupt and replace the removed teeth. If these were neglected adult molars, then they will not be replaced. Check with your dentist about which category your child falls into. ...Read more

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What to do to stop fussy 1 year old with molars stage starting?

What to do to stop fussy 1 year old with molars stage starting?

Teething: Give your child cold things. For example you gan give him a frozen bagel half to munch on? Us Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) if necessary. ...Read more

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My 17 year old child has lost two of her second molars due to decay can't afford RCT . What to do to help her she's very sad and cries a lot ?

My 17 year old child has lost two of her second molars due to decay can't afford RCT . What to do to help her she's very sad and cries a lot ?

Unfortunate: It is unfortunate that your circumstances resulted in the tooth loss. Moving forward, she should practice excellent oral hygiene, see the dentist twice a year, and restore any rotten teeth before they need extensive treatment. When circumstances improve, you can help her get dental implants to replace the missing molars. All the best... ...Read more

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My five year old daughter had caps placed on two of her upper molars. This was months ago and her dimple on that side has never returned. Any ideas?

My five year old daughter had caps placed on two of her upper molars. This was months ago and her dimple on that side has never returned. Any ideas?

No link: The disappearance of the dimple on the side where the dentist worked is probably not related. Unless there was some kind of surgery on the lining of the inside of the mouth. This can make a dimple disappear from scarring. It is well known that dimples may disappear as the child grows as all structures in the face and head are changing as the child grows. ...Read more

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My daughter is 19months and is constantly drooling. I think it's just from teething as we are awaiting her two year molars. Could it be something else?

My daughter is 19months and is constantly drooling. I think it's just from teething as we are awaiting her two year molars. Could it be something else?

It could be: It could be due to teething. At ths age your chid should be gettig her 1st molars in. In some cases it may even be her 2nd molars coming in a little early. As long as she has no other symptoms i woldnt worry about the drooling. ...Read more

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