A Guide To 12 Year Molars
As children develop into teenagers, they will start to experience different physical changes some of which involve their teeth. And that’s why it’s necessary to talk about 12 year molars in this piece.
You’re probably thinking of what it was like when your little one started growing their teeth as a baby. If you are having troubling thoughts, there’s really no need to be alarmed as teenage teething is a whole lot easier to deal with than the problems that come with baby teething.
In the dental makeup, molars play an incredible role in how food is chewed and mashed before being swallowed. They also help to maintain the structure of our faces. But when children approach the age of 12 and these molars start to come in, they might have to deal with some level of discomfort and pain.
12 year molars get their name from the fact that children mostly grow them around the age of 12. But this isn’t the case for every child as we’ve seen situations of 12 year molars coming in late or even earlier. That’s because genetics plays a role in how the teeth develop in every individual.
Picture of 12 year molars (2nd molars)
Twelve year molars are also known as the 2nd molars or second permanent molars. Below is a picture showing where you can locate the 12 year molars (see 2nd molar).
12 year molars symptoms
12 year molars coming in can be hard for young children who are still in their developing stages. During the eruption of these molars, your child may have to deal with mild pain. This is probably similar to when their 6 year old molars were erupting. The reason that they mostly experience pain is associated with the fact that the molars are still trying to push through their gums and get past gum tissue.
Sometimes, the gum tissue may appear puffy or swollen but this shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. That’s because the swelling is almost always a result of the teeth pushing through the gum to show up at the surface.
Apart from 12 year old molars causing pain and swelling in the gums, there may also be the onset of headaches for your child. During this phase, maintaining the concentration during extra-curricular or school activities can be very challenging.
You can resort to medications like Ibuprofen and Tylenol, among other over-the-counter meds, to help them find relief from headaches and gum pain. But consider seeing a doctor if the headaches are persistent and hinder their daily life performance.
What to do about 12 year old molars pain and symptoms
If you realize that your child is battling 12 year old molars symptoms, you need to pay more attention to their condition. You might have to resort to giving them only soft foods if there’s a swelling that prevents them from eating with ease. You can also give them mashed fruits. See soft foods dental list.
Once the twelve year molars finally make their way outside the gums, the swollen area should subside on its own. But if that doesn’t happen, set up a meeting with the dentist. At the office, your child will undergo an evaluation, after which you’ll be giving more information about the health of their teeth and gums. Try not to conduct any self-diagnosis even if you find good dental health resources online.
While knowledge from online resources can prove to be helpful, consider visiting a professional pediatric dentist. The expert knows how best to diagnose the condition.
12 year molars not coming in?
Your child will grow their first set of molars when they approach the age of 6 and that’s why it’s known as “6 year molars.” The same happens when children approach the age of 12. This is the period when they experience their 12 year molars coming in.
But there are situations involving 12 year molars coming in late. Your child may reach the age of 15 before developing these molars and it could be a cause for concern. Your dentist can help in this situation by performing x-ray imaging and conducting a thorough examination to determine the condition of their mouth.
Some possible causes of 12 year old molars coming in late include:
- Dental ankylosis
- Permanent teeth misalignment
- Permanent teeth trauma or obstruction
No matter what your child’s condition is that prevents the molars from coming in early, your dentist will help you understand what’s going on and why the delay has occurred. Your child will also benefit from a custom treatment plan. If the 12 year old molars are not coming in, it could be an impacted 12 year molar. In some cases, your child may need an implant or an extraction.
Caring for 12 yr molars
Children may experience headaches and swollen gums when their 12 year molars start to erupt. As earlier mentioned, there’s no need for you to be overly alarmed as a parent. You just have to understand what they are going through.
The best way to avoid health complications during this stage is to not neglect the molars. Keeping them clean at this stage can be challenging because of their position in the mouth. And that’s why they are usually the first type of teeth to become decayed. Once the molars erupt through the gums, the symptoms will disappear. But here are some ways to care for 12 year old molars and help your child find relief from discomfort:
- Use over the counter pain meds
- Give them a gentle rub on their gums
- Have them rinse your mouth with saltwater
- Give them soft and cool foods rather than solid foods
- Have your child use a small head toothbrush to allow them to reach their molars easily
- Ensure that their molars are regularly cleaned
- Do not miss appointments with the dentist’s office
These oral health tips will help your child get through the complications associated with 12 year molars causing pain.
Remember, your child’s dentist is in the best position to help them. So, if you notice that the symptoms keep getting worse rather than subsiding, do not hesitate to bring them to the dentist. The oral healthcare provider will thoroughly examine the state of the mouth to determine if there are any problems and if their 12 year old molars developed right.
Kelly Hancock, RDH
Kelly is a registered dental hygienist and oral health care provider. She is passionate about oral hygiene and encourages people to achieve optimal oral health. She has been working in the dental profession for 16 years and worked in many different roles in the dental industry. Kelly is currently a pediatric dental hygienist specializing in children’s dentistry. She is committed to helping others with their oral health care issues and helping others achieve a smile they love.