Dental eruption

Mouth | Odontologie | Dental eruption (Disease)


Dental eruption represents the appearance of the primary teeth in infants as well as the appearance of wisdom teeth in preteens and teens. Pericoronitis is the infection and swelling of the gums around the teeth, usually the wisdom teeth.

The development of the primary teeth begins while the baby is in the womb. At about five weeks’ gestation, the first buds of primary teeth appear in the baby’s jaws. At birth, the baby has a full set of 20 primary teeth (10 in the upper jaw, 10 in the lower jaw) hidden within the gums. Primary teeth are also known as baby teeth, milk teeth or deciduous teeth.

Causes and Risk factors

The term ‘eruption’ refers to the tooth breaking through the gum line. In babies, tooth eruption is also called teething. The timing of tooth eruption differs from one child to the next. For example, one child may cut their first tooth when only a few months old, while another may not teethe until they are 12 months old or more. While the timing may vary, the order of tooth eruption is generally the same.

Diagnosis and Treatment

No treatment is needed for simple dental eruption. Acetaminophen and or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are usually administered. If the infection is severe antibiotics may be prescribed, and sometimes the affected wisdom tooth extracted. ...