When children enter the tooth transition period, their deciduous teeth will loosen due to the resorption of the roots and will sequentially fall off. The permanent teeth will gradually erupt into the space left by the deciduous teeth. Tooth transition period starts approximately at the age of 6, and ends around the age of 12 or 13.

The alignment and eruption time of permanent teeth

There are altogether 32 permanent teeth. Since dentine is usually slightly yellowish, and the enamel in permanent teeth is more transparent than that of deciduous teeth, the colour of permanent teeth is more yellowish than deciduous teeth. As the thickness of dentine grows with a person's age, the teeth will also become more yellowish.

Eruption Time of Permanent Teeth
Photograph showing the position of permanent central incisor, lateral incisor, canine, first premolar, second premolar, first molar, second molar and third molar.

Permanent Teeth Eruption Time
Central Incisor 6 to 8 years
Lateral Incisor 6.5 to 9 years
Canine 8.5 to 12.5 years
First Premolar 8 to 12 years
Second Premolar 8.5 to 13 years
First Molar 5 to 7 years
Second Molar 10 to 14 years
Third Molar (Wisdom tooth) 17 to 25 years

Last revision date: 18 January 2012