Order of Eruption: Primary Teeth

Posted Jul 19th, 2017 in General Information, Pediatric Dentistry

Order of Eruption: Primary Teeth

This handy guide from our Burnaby dentists provides the basics about teething, from when you can expect your child’s baby teeth to come in, to the order they’re going to erupt in!


When does teething start?

There is no single answer to this question. Each child is different!

Teething usually begins around the 6-month mark or thereabouts, but it could start anywhere between the ages of 3 months to 12 months.

How many primary teeth will my child develop?

By the age of 3, your child will have developed 20 primary teeth. There are 5 different types:

  • Central Incisors
  • Lateral Incisors
  • Canines
  • First Molars
  • Second Molars

What order do primary teeth erupt in?

The specific timing of primary teeth eruption and shedding varies, but there are broad age ranges for each type of tooth. They are (approximately) as follows:

Upper Teeth

  • Central Incisor (8-12 months)
  • Lateral Incisor (9-13 months)
  • Canine (16-22 months)
  • First Molar (13-19 months)
  • Second Molar (25-33 months)

Lower Teeth

  • Central Incisor (6-10 months)
  • Lateral Incisor (10-16 months)
  • Canine (17-23 months)
  • First Molar (14-18 months)
  • Second Molar (23-31 months)

When is teething finished?

Most children will be done growing all of their primary teeth between two and a half to three years of age.

For more information and for answers to your questions about teething, read on here and here, or contact our Langley dentists to book an appointment!

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