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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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When do pretoddlers start growing molars? What are the teething sympthoms to look out for? Can teething cause rashes and runny nose?

When do pretoddlers start growing molars? What are the teething sympthoms to look out for? Can teething cause rashes and runny nose?

Teething: For molars in pre-toddlers is usually 12-18 months. The symptoms include pain, fussiness, not sleeping, mild fever of less than 100, biting and chewing more than usual and sometimes drooling. Read more

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My 17 m/o:runny nose <1 week, sometimes congestion. No other symptoms. Teething? Seasonal allergies? Just finished first molars. Other allergies?

My 17 m/o:runny nose <1 week, sometimes congestion. No other symptoms. Teething? Seasonal allergies? Just finished first molars. Other allergies?

Probably not: Probably allergies or cold. If your child has not yet seen a dentist (preferably a pediatric dental specialist) you're overdue. Although most general dentists say wait until2-3, that's late for developmental evaluation which is part of a pediatric dental specialists training during their post-dental school residency. Read more

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How can you tell the difference between your baby molars and adult teeth?

How can you tell the difference between your baby molars and adult teeth?

Primary teeth: Primary teeth (baby teeth) are usually smaller and whiter than the permanent teeth that replace them. However, even as a dentist, I sometimes have to look carefully before I can be sure, at least with some unusual individual variations in size or contours. Your dentist can answer these questions for you if you are unsure. Hope you (and your family) are getting routine dental check-ups. Read more

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Does everybody lose all theirr baby teeth, even the molars?

Does everybody lose all theirr baby teeth, even the molars?

Yes: Yes. There are 20 primary or "baby" teeth. The only time a baby tooth may not be lost, is if there is no permanent tooth to replace it. Read more

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I'm 17 and I still have baby teeth I've never lost any molars and the teeth beside the molars is this normal?

I'm 17 and I still have baby teeth I've never lost any molars and the teeth beside the molars is this normal?

No: When was your last dental checkup? You may have congenitally missing permanent teeth, you may have an extremely late eruption pattern, your permanent teeth may be impacted or erupting at an angle, there may be insufficient room for them to erupt, or combination of these factors. An exam and x-rays will reveal all this information. See your own general dentist or an orthodontist for an evaluation. 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?

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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For children, Are molars permanent already at the first grow or are they baby teeth and need to fall out?

For children, Are molars permanent already at the first grow or are they baby teeth and need to fall out?

Primary teeth: The first set of teeth that appear are the primary teeth and will be eventually lost and replaced by the secondary teeth. This exchange starts at about 5.5 years old and can continue into the teens for some children. Your child's dentist should be able to advise you further. Read more

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My 15 months old baby girl has developed upper and lower molars and the front teeth has not yet developed. Is there any problem with her?

My 15 months old baby girl has developed upper and lower molars and the front teeth has not yet developed. Is there any problem with her?

No front teeth: It's unlikely there is any real concern. Although very late in development, they may still be there. It's also possible they are congenitally missing and may never develop. I assume she is otherwise healthy? If possible, a visit to the dentist who can take some x-rays to determine development would be in order. Even if baby teeth are missing, permanent teeth may develop normally. 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?

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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From a medical perspective, how necessary is it to fill cavities in baby teeth (including molars) in a 5-yr-old? Note that it may require sedation.

From a medical perspective, how necessary is it to fill cavities in baby teeth (including molars) in a 5-yr-old? Note that it may require sedation.

Choices: Fix the cavities and have a healthy child, extract the baby teeth and prepare for years of Orthodontic treatment, or don't treat the decay. Untreated decay (infection) can damage underlying permanent teeth and infection can spread through blood stream and damage other organ systems. If teeth become abscessed your child's pain can be unbearable. Not treating the infections (decay) is child abuse 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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Seeking consult with dentist expert in signs and symptoms of newly placed composite filling failure (2 molars and counting), range of effects on affected teeth and gum; recommendations on selecting a dentist for redo. See/search for "QPart1" for more?

Seeking consult with dentist expert in signs and symptoms of newly placed composite filling failure (2 molars and counting), range of effects on affected teeth and gum; recommendations on selecting a dentist for redo. See/search for "QPart1" for more?

See below: Why do you feel that these restorations need to be redone? Sensitivity is normal and transient with many restorations. There are many variables to cause sensitivity including the depth of the restoration. Speak with your dentist or call a dental school in your area for a non-biased second opinion. Read more

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A 6-y child,  his teeth is in good state and no dental caries. Do you suugest to  pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?

A 6-y child,  his teeth is in good state and no dental caries. Do you suugest to  pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?

Sealants: Are recommended for children along with fluoride (and fluoride vitamins if your water isn't fluoridated).
Regular brushing with an ADA recommended toothpaste and regular checkups completes the picture Read more

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So when babies are teething what are symptoms?

So when babies are teething what are symptoms?

Chewing alot: As kids begin teething, they might drool more and want to chew on things. For some babies, teething is painless. Others may have brief periods of irritability, while some may seem cranky for weeks, with crying jags and disrupted sleeping and eating patterns. Teething can be uncomfortable, but if your baby seems very irritable, talk to your doctor. Read more

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What symptoms surface when babies are teething?

What symptoms surface when babies are teething?

That depends: Some babies have no symptoms at all. Most will have excess saliva, want to chew on things and perhaps be a little cranky. A few may develop low grade fever and/or mild diarrhea. If more severe symptoms develop the baby should be evaluated by their pediatrician as they may have a cold or illness in addition to teething. Read more

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What are the symptoms of teething in babies in pain?

What are the symptoms of teething in babies in pain?

Age: Reaction of a baby to teeth vary depending on age. Teething to infection to a plethora of other diagnoses is feasible. A complete exam is important. 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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Teething (Definition)

The natural process of tooth eruption. Although the rare infant is born with teeth, for most infants the process begins around three months and can last ...Read more