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Tooth Travails

March 16, 1998

Not sure when you'll need Tooth Fairy money for your children? Wondering when your wisdom teeth are due to land? Here's a chart with the arrival and departure times of primary and permanent teeth. (Hint: If you have a kid, don't plan on too much sleep during the incisors period, roughly age 6-13 months.)

Primary Teeth

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Upper Teeth Erupt (in months) Shed (in years) Central incisor 8-12 6-7 Lateral incisor 9-13 7-8 Canine (cuspid) 16-22 10-12 First molar 13-19 9-11 Second molar 25-33 10-12

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Lower Teeth Erupt (in months) Shed (in years) Second molar 23-31 10-12 First molar 14-18 9-11 Canine (cuspid) 17-23 9-12 Lateral incisor 10-16 7-8 Central incisor 6-10 6-7

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Permanent Teeth

Upper Teeth: Erupt (in years)

Central incisor: 7-8

Lateral incisor: 8-9

Canine (cuspid): 11-12

First premolar (first bicuspid): 10-11

Second premolar (second bicuspid): 10-12

First molar: 6-7

Second molar: 12-13

Third molar (wisdom tooth): 17-21

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Lower Teeth: Erupt (in years)

Third molar (wisdom tooth): 17-21

Second molar: 11-13

First molar: 6-7

Second premolar (second bicuspid): 11-12

First premolar (first bicuspid): 10-12

Canine (cuspid): 9-10

Lateral incisor: 7-8

Central incisor: 6-7

Source: American Dental Assn.

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