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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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Does teething cause reflux? My two-year-old son used to have it really bad and now he's getting his molars it seems to have resurfaced.

Does teething cause reflux? My two-year-old son used to have it really bad and now he's getting his molars it seems to have resurfaced.

No: But if he used to have his hands in the mouth all the time while teething, he probably induced the physiologic gag reflex and regurgitation. ...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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Can six year old molars cause neck pain?

Can six year old molars cause neck pain?

Not really: No molars will not cause neck pain in 6 years old. ...Read more

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My 19 year old son just noticed one small dark reddish spot on the inside of his cheek by his upper molars. What could it be? He is not a smoker.

My 19 year old son just noticed one small dark reddish spot on the inside of his cheek by his upper molars. What could it be? He is not a smoker.

Spot inner cheek: Hi JillS468 ~ he probably bit the inside of the cheek when eatiing. Also Stensons duct appears in the mouth (from parotid) at exactly same place (opp 2nd upper molar) and a papillitis of the opening of duct could be cause of painful red swollen swelling. It could also be a hemorrage into mucous membrane, due to throbocytopenia, ASA. I would have a doc just have a quick look to reassure thanks ...Read more

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How long does it take for molars to be moved into place after getting molar bands put on? I just got molar bands put in after a year with braces.

How long does it take for molars to be moved into place after getting molar bands put on? I just got molar bands put in after a year with braces.

1-3 years: Is a range for an orthodontic treatment, depending on the growth of the patient's mouth, face and the severity of the problem. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. You should diligently use any prescribed rubber bands by your orthodontist. If done too fast - root resorption is a common iatrogenic consequence. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter tested positive for strep two days ago. Also her molars are coming in. Well two days ago she started complaining about her gu?

My 6 year old daughter tested positive for strep two days ago. Also her molars are coming in. Well two days ago she started complaining about her gu?

The perfect storm: She has a virus infection which can be painful, and at the same time she's teething which can be painful. Did Pediatrician put her onto antibiotic for strep infection, that should help. Talk to her Dentist about OTC products that can be dabbed onto sore gums. OTC nSaids should help, again, talk to Dentist. Keep mouth immaculately clean. New toothbrush as soon as she starts to feel better. ...Read more

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Can a two-year-old who is getting molars cause of vomiting and appetite loss?

Can a two-year-old who is getting molars cause of vomiting and appetite loss?

Appetite loss: Your two year olds appetite can certainly be affected by cutting molars. However, it is unusual for vomiting to occur. It may be that he has a viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) that cause his appetite to diminish and cause vomiting and appetite loss. ...Read more

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Will second bicuspid molars fall out of 10 year old mouth and regrow?

Will second bicuspid molars fall out of 10 year old mouth and regrow?

Baby molar: There is a primary second molar that will be replaced by the second bicuspid, a permanent teeth. The primary, baby, tooth is commonly lost between age 10 and 12. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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One of my molars is really bothering me after a dental cleaning. I've had a severe abscess a year ago, not on that tooth tho. Could this be infected?

One of my molars is really bothering me after a dental cleaning. I've had a severe abscess a year ago, not on that tooth tho. Could this be infected?

Possibly!: You mention pain in a molar, but not swelling...usually another sign of abscess. Your best option is to see your dentist and have your pain isolated and diagnosed! Than follow though with treatment recommendations. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lost a tooth now it hurts and is swelling, what should I do? I lost one of my perminant molars in the left side about a year ago. After it slowly chipped away. I fear there is still some tooth left in there and its giving me unbearable pain. Its swelling

Lost a tooth now it hurts and is swelling, what should I do? I lost one of my perminant molars in the left side about a year ago. After it slowly chipped away. I fear there is still some tooth left in there and its giving me unbearable pain. Its swelling

Bay: Bay minette,
this sounds like you need some help, and quick. I would urge you to go today to a dentist. Infections are not only painful, they can lead to a body wide infection that in rare instances is life threatening. Get the rest of that tooth out!
hope this is helpful,
michael i. Wollock, dmd, agd fellow
dentistry at suburban square
610-649-0313. ...Read more

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How can I stop getting cavities in my molars? My molars are very close together, and though I floss every night, it sitll seems like I'm getting cavities in them once a year. Is there anything I can do beyond brushing and flossing regulary to prevent them

How can I stop getting cavities in my molars? My molars are very close together, and though I floss every night, it sitll seems like I'm getting cavities in them once a year. Is there anything I can do beyond brushing and flossing regulary to prevent them

Prevention: Prevention is the key. Check your diet for high sugars and acids, many times hidden in foods we eat. These can cause decay. Xylitol will kill off some decay causing bacteria so this may help you. Talk to you dentist about MI paste, very helpful in remineralizing incipient decay. If your teeth are crowded and hard to clean and floss consider getting them straightened. ...Read more

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Should we extract baby teeth molars, in a 7 year old, if the adult teeth are not present underneath?

Probably not: I would strongly advise that these teeth not be removed as long as they are not creating any problems. If there are no adult teeth to replace them, they will be very important as the child gets older to keep the all the teeth in the upper and lower arch in the correct place and position. So if they are not creating a problem for the child, please keep them in place. ...Read more

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I just had my lower wisdom teeth and top six year molars removed 5 days ago. How long can I expect pain and stiffness? My right side seems to hurt wor

I just had my lower wisdom teeth and top six year molars removed 5 days ago. How long can I expect pain and stiffness? My right side seems to hurt wor

Post Op: You are still well within the range of normal post op discomfort. However, especially since you report that one side feels worse, you need to call your dentist and ask to be seen to evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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2 year old has a fever that comes and goes. Only wants to eat popcycles. She will drink some juice. Virus or molars?

2 year old has a fever that comes and goes. Only wants to eat popcycles. She will drink some juice. Virus or molars?

Fever: It is hard to tell without physical exam, particularly if has no other signs & symptoms, if the fever persisted she need to checked by her pediatrician. Good luck ...Read more

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My two year old is getting in his six year old molars and he already has his full set of 20 toddler teeth. Should I be worried?

Possibly.: The 6 year molars, also known as the first adult molars, typically come in at ages 6 or 7 years old. If they are coming in at age 2, this is far out of the normal range. The very first thing I would recommend would be an appointment with a children's specialist called a pedodontist to verify that indeed, what you see are the first molars. ...Read more

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My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

See md: See your MD, and have a good check up. Maybe muscle strain or may be way your child sleeps--pillow etc. One additional possibility could be eye issues causing her to cock her head to one side to avoid double vision. Any history of trauma? ...Read more

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Can tooth extraction at an early age (16 year old lost two molars, could not afford RCT) lead to ptsd? She's sad and scared to go back

Can tooth extraction at an early age (16 year old lost two molars, could not afford RCT) lead to ptsd? She's sad and scared to go back

It's possible: Your daughter was traumatized by the loss of those teeth, and she may now need to talk things out with a therapist so she can move on. It is a shame that this could have been prevented if she was seen regularly by a dentist. Now it is time for her to accept responsibility of maintaining her remaining teeth to prevent further loss. All the best... ...Read more