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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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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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