My Missing Teeth About Missing Teeth

About Missing Teeth

My Missing Teeth About Missing Teeth

This section will tell you more about missing teeth. This includes why teeth can be missing and how you know if you have missing teeth.

What is hypodontia?

Hypodontia is the dental term for one or more teeth that do not form in the jaws. This means the tooth or teeth will be permanently missing and will never grow into your mouth.

Dentists will count how many teeth you have missing to grade your hypodontia.

If your baby teeth are missing, the adult teeth might also be missing. It will not be possible to know if the adult teeth are missing until you are old enough for the adult teeth to start growing.

What causes teeth not to form?

There are lots of reasons why some people have teeth that do not form. It can be due to their genes, things in the environment or in some people, the cause is not known.

How will I know I have teeth missing?

It is important for all young people to have regular dental check-ups. At dental check-ups, your dentist will check and count your teeth. This helps to spot any teeth that might be missing.

If other people in your family have teeth missing, your dentist will take extra care to check how your teeth are growing. If your dentist thinks some of your teeth may be missing, he or she may take an X-ray.

The age that missing teeth can be spotted depends on when the teeth normally growThis information comes from good quality research about tooth development and causes of missing teeth. The research is also supported by clinical experience of dentists. Find out more information here..

This tooth is called an upper central incisor (also known as the upper 1)
It starts to develop when you are around 3-4 months old
It usually grows into the mouth at 7-8 years old

This tooth is called an upper lateral incisor
It starts to develop when you are around 1 year old
It usually grows into the mouth at 8-9 years old

This tooth is called an upper canine
It starts to develop when you are around 4-5 months old
It usually grows into the mouth at 11-12 years old

This tooth is called an upper first premolar
It starts to develop when you are around 1.5-2 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 10-11 years old

This tooth is called an upper second premolar
It starts to develop when you are 2-2.5 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 10-12 years old

This tooth is called an upper first molar
It starts to develop when you are born
It usually grows into the mouth at 5.5-7 years old

This tooth is called an upper second molar
It starts to develop when you are around 2.5-3 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 12-14 years old

This tooth is called an upper third molar (wisdom tooth)
It starts to develop when you are around 7-8 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 17 years or older

This tooth is called a lower central incisor
It starts to develop when you are around 3-4 months old
It usually grows into the mouth around 6-7 years old

This tooth is called a lower lateral incisor
It starts to develop when you are around 3-4 months old
It usually grows into the mouth at 7-8 years old

This tooth is called a lower canine
It starts to develop when you are around 4-5 months old
It usually grows into the mouth at 9-11 years old

This tooth is called a lower first premolar
It starts to develop when you are around 1.5-2 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 10-12 years old

This tooth is called a lower second premolar
It starts to develop when you are 2-2.5 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 11-13 years old

This tooth is called a lower first molar
It starts to develop when you are born
It usually grows into the mouth at 5.5-7 years old

This tooth is called a lower second molar
It starts to develop when you are around 2.5-3 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 12-14 years old

This tooth is called a lower third molar (wisdom tooth)
It starts to develop when you are around 8-10 years old
It usually grows into the mouth at 17 years or older

Select a tooth to find out its name, and when it starts to grow.