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I have a 5yr old who seems to have a third molar coming through. Is that even possible at her age?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on counting
A 5 year old might be getting his first permanent molar, which would look like a third baby molar coming through, behind his 2 baby molars.

In brief: Depends on counting
A 5 year old might be getting his first permanent molar, which would look like a third baby molar coming through, behind his 2 baby molars.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: 1st Permanent molar
Yes, this is her first permanent molar. These teeth are often called "six year molars" as they come in around the age of six, but some children do get them at age 5.
They erupt behind the last baby tooth. A baby tooth does not come out when the 1st permanent molar comes in.

In brief: 1st Permanent molar
Yes, this is her first permanent molar. These teeth are often called "six year molars" as they come in around the age of six, but some children do get them at age 5.
They erupt behind the last baby tooth. A baby tooth does not come out when the 1st permanent molar comes in.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and it is likely
Her permanent first molar if it is located just behind the "baby" tooth you have seen for the past 3 years.
She is just about the correct age for the normal eruption of this adult tooth. Expect some soreness in the area while it is erupting.

In brief: Yes and it is likely
Her permanent first molar if it is located just behind the "baby" tooth you have seen for the past 3 years.
She is just about the correct age for the normal eruption of this adult tooth. Expect some soreness in the area while it is erupting.
Dr. R Lee Hinson
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Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Highly unlikely
The tooth buds that will eventually form wisdom teeth usually do begin to form until around the age of nine or later. It is very possible what you are seeing is the early eruption of the first permanent molar. Even though they are referred to as the six year molars, they can show up earlier or later then six.

In brief: Highly unlikely
The tooth buds that will eventually form wisdom teeth usually do begin to form until around the age of nine or later. It is very possible what you are seeing is the early eruption of the first permanent molar. Even though they are referred to as the six year molars, they can show up earlier or later then six.
Dr. Howard Banner
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Perfectly normal
Girls teeth earlier than boys, so 6 year molars often erupt at 5-6 for girls, 6-7 for boys.
Your daughter currently has 2 baby molars in each quarter of her mouth that will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent premolars. Behind the baby teeth erupt the 6year molars, the12 year molars, and as a late teen the wisdom teeth. See an orthodontist for eruption guidance.

In brief: Perfectly normal
Girls teeth earlier than boys, so 6 year molars often erupt at 5-6 for girls, 6-7 for boys.
Your daughter currently has 2 baby molars in each quarter of her mouth that will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent premolars. Behind the baby teeth erupt the 6year molars, the12 year molars, and as a late teen the wisdom teeth. See an orthodontist for eruption guidance.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: 1st permanent molar
Your son/daughter is getting his/her first permanent molar (sometimes called 6 year molars).
This is perfectly normal.

In brief: 1st permanent molar
Your son/daughter is getting his/her first permanent molar (sometimes called 6 year molars).
This is perfectly normal.
Dr. Shahin Mahallati
Dr. Shahin Mahallati
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