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Doctor insights on: Shifting Teeth In Adults

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How much can teeth shift as an adult? I'm starting to freak out about a front tooth becoming more crooked, but it could also just be in my head.

How much can teeth shift as an adult? I'm starting to freak out about a front tooth becoming more crooked, but it could also just be in my head.

Wisdom teeth: Have you had your wisdom teeth removed? There are 2 schools of thought on this-some say they can move the teeth especially the lower front ones- others say it doesn't happen. Gum disease can also loosen teeth and then they move and shift. ...Read more

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When do adult teeth stop growing?

When do adult teeth stop growing?

Depends: Adult teeth can continue to move through out your life. They usually stop vertical movement when they hit the opposite tooth of functioning partner. If you loose a tooth then the neighboring teeth will move to occupy the space both horizontally and vertically. Check with your dentist to see what is applicable to your specific situation. ...Read more

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How many teeth should an adult have?

How many teeth should an adult have?

32: Assuming you have had no extractions, you should have 32 teeth. Now, saying that, it's not uncommon that you may not naturally have developed 3rd molars or even lateral incisors. ...Read more

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On average how many young adults lose teeth?

On average how many young adults lose teeth?

Broad Question: Age group for "young adults"? What part of the world do they live in? Access to dental care? Standard of care? There would be more specifics needed to answer, but this is something you yourself can research over the internet. A DMF index is often used, meaning Decayed, Missing, or Filled. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recover your lost adult teeth?

Is it possible to recover your lost adult teeth?

Teeth: If I understand the question correctly no you cannot recover/grow lost adult teeth. You can replace the teeth with implants, fixed bridge work or partial dentures. See your dentist and hopes this helps. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in the two front adult teeth?

What could cause pain in the two front adult teeth?

Tooth pain: Te most common reason for tooth pain is tooth decay. Other causes can be trauma, infection, gums disease, a bite problem, loose filling, broken tooth and more. See a dentist for an exam to find out why you are having the pain and what your treatment options are. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for adults to have more than 32 teeth?

Yes: I have seen patients w 12 bicuspids instead of 8. Also extra molars. Sometimes an extra malformed tooth can be present called supernumary teeth.

In the upper anterior it's called a mesodens.

I have also seen extra lower incisors. ...Read more

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How many different teeth are adults supposed to have?

32: Adults usually have 32 different teeth, comprised of incisors, premolars, and molars. Each one has a unique shape, although left and right teeth are approximate mirror images of each other. ...Read more

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What do you think, could my adult teeth ever fall out?

What do you think, could my adult teeth ever fall out?

Sure: If you decide to not see your dentist and do not maintain your teeth well. Most adult teeth that "fall out" are the result of periodontal gum disease. Frequent cleaning, excellent home care, balanced diet, low stress, good restful sleep, good genetics are all contributing factors to excellent overall health & dental health. ...Read more

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Adult teeth are loose and wobbly. Reasons why now at 60?

Adult teeth are loose and wobbly. Reasons why now at 60?

Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease (gum disease) is slow, chronic, painless infection of gums. If bacteria in plaque not removed (brushing, flossing), gums swell and bleed (gingivitis). Left untreated, infection progresses with deep gum pockets, bone loss, loose teeth. Bone holds teeth in place. As more bone is lost, teeth get loose. You should see you dds asap to determine if periodontal treatment can save your teeth. ...Read more

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How long would it take until adult teeth start to grown in?

How long would it take until adult teeth start to grown in?

Varies slightly: There is no set age that the secondary teeth start to erupt, but 5 1/2 is a safe bet that you will see the lower anterior central incisors starting to poke thru. Earlier than that, the child's jaw is a bit small to accommodate adult sized teeth. Many children are a little older, and that is also perfectly normal. ...Read more

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What's essential for healthy teeth in older children and adults?

What's essential for healthy teeth in older children and adults?

BRUSHING AND FLOSS: Regular brushing and flossing as well as seeing your dentist regularly. ...Read more

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Do teeth tend to change shape or come forward after we become adults?

Do teeth tend to change shape or come forward after we become adults?

In certain cases: People who suffer from bruxism where they grind their teeth either at night or subconsciously during the day, wear away tooth structure from the biting surfaces of their teeth. So in effect, the shape does change, but not necessarily so for every adult. Regarding teeth coming forward- individuals who lose teeth or have periodontal gum disease can have a bite collapse or spreading out of teeth. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when your adult teeth start to wobble?

Could you tell me what happens when your adult teeth start to wobble?

Go see a dentist: You may have either an infection and/or periodontal disease. Go see a dentist. Be logical. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for my adult teeth to grow?

Permanent teeth: You get your front four adult teeth between five and seven. The first set of permanent molars in the very back as six. The next set of molars at twelve and at twelve most all permanent teeth should be in except wisdom teeth. These erupt between sixteen and twenty and often they cannot fully grow in due to lack of space in the jaws of modern man. ...Read more

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My adult teeth have been discolored since they came through, what are my options?

My adult teeth have been discolored since they came through, what are my options?

Multiple options: Permanent or adult are usually darker than the deciduous or baby teeth (often called milk teeth because of their bright white color. Staining of permanent teeth upon eruption can be caused by medications, fevers and a variety of other things while they are developing under the gums. Depending upon the staining, whitening or veneers can be done to mask the discolorations. ...Read more

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In general, do most adults begin to loose more of their upper than lower teeth? The exact cause is not the issue here. Thanks.

In general, do most adults begin to loose more of their upper than lower teeth? The exact cause is not the issue here. Thanks.

In general: Adults tend to lose more of the teeth they don't brush and floss properly or adequately; and also the ones they don't restore properly based upon the recommendations of their treating dentist. That's true whether it's upper or lower or left or right. ...Read more

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ADA reports that 27 percent of the adult population do not have any of their natural teeth left. How do you turn this number around or will it remain?

ADA reports that 27 percent of the adult population do not have any of their natural teeth left. How do you turn this number around or will it remain?

Teeth for a lifetime: The best way to prevent tooth loss is to practice good dental health habits, which include brushing, flossing, proper diet and seeing the dentist regularly. ...Read more

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How do adult teeth get cavities?

How do adult teeth get cavities?

Neglect mostly: People get cavities mostly because their mouths have a prevalence of cavity causing germs (strep mutans/lactobacillus sp.). There are many other factors to consider: saliva, diet, ph, and others influence your overall cavity risk. The factors you can control to reduce risk are diet and home care. Reduce consumption of sugary/acidic foods/bevs. Brush/floss daily, and chew sugarless gum w/ xylitol. ...Read more

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What causes small teeth in adults?

What causes small teeth in adults?

Genetics: You inherit tooth size and jaw size from your ancestors. They don't always match. Your dentist can help. Call for an appointment. ...Read more

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How badly can it hurt to get 2 adult teeth pulled?

How badly can it hurt to get 2 adult teeth pulled?

Depends: Perception and response to pain is an individual characteristic. Your mouth will be or should be numb with local anesthesia, but you can still feel pressure and hear some noise. If you do not want to feel anything or hear anything, you may want to consider being sedated. ...Read more

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Can you still get an overbite with your adult teeth?

Can you still get an overbite with your adult teeth?

Yes: Certainly can. See your orthodontist for an evaluation. I have many patients over the age of 40 who get adult orthodontics. You have a long life ahead of you and it is best to keep your teeth in the proper position so they do not wear unevenly and require
extensive and costly reconstruction later. As a prosthodontist, I see these situations all the time. ...Read more

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What does it mean in the case that adults have small teeth?

What does it mean in the case that adults have small teeth?

Couple of things: It is more common for adults to retain some "baby" teeth. Or more unlikely are genetic defeciencies resulting in improperly formed teeth. ...Read more

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Should a 7yr old find it painful when adult teeth come through?

Should a 7yr old find it painful when adult teeth come through?

Possibly: Just as infants have teething pain, kids who are getting molars can describe some discomfort. If when erupting some tissue forms around the tooth they can end up with an infection called pericoronitis. This happens more commonly around wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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Getting 4 adult teeth pulled on friday, will it be really painful?

Getting 4 adult teeth pulled on friday, will it be really painful?

Depends: There is some degree of discomfort associated with any surgical procedure. The unknown variable is how each person perceives and responds to pain. Your mouth will be numb during the procedure but you can still feel pressure. If you do not want to feel, hear, or see anything, you can have your dentist discuss options for sedation. ...Read more

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What is the guinness world record for most number of teeth in an adult?

What is the guinness world record for most number of teeth in an adult?

35: Most adults have a maximum of 32 teeth. The guinness world record for the most teeth in the mouth belongs to kanchan rajawat (india) and luca meriano (italy), both of whom had teeth 35 adult teeth as of 17 october 2008. ...Read more

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Does children also get teeth cavities or only adults get teeth cavities?

Does children also get teeth cavities or only adults get teeth cavities?

All teeth can!: All teeth, child and adult teeth can be infected with tooth decay! Regular homecare (brushing and flossing and rinsing) along with regular and properly spaced check ups are your best preventive measures! ...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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Is being a late teether correlated to having stronger, healthier teeth as adults?

Is being a late teether correlated to having stronger, healthier teeth as adults?

Not Necessarily: There most likely is no correlation between getting teeth later and them being stronger. ...Read more