Your Family Dentist in Lolo is dedicated to your oral health and cares about the condition of your teeth. At Felton Dental Care – Dr. Brett R. Felton, DMD we recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue.
Healthy teeth and gums are a critical component of complete physical and mental health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrassment, and make eating and speaking difficult. Your family dentist in Lolo wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that you can conquer the day.
We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set is your ‘primary teeth’, which many people around Missoula often call ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth for a Missoula resident has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.
Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and the new teeth , known as ‘permanent teeth’, will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6 for most Missoula residents, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in, they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.
Many adults in the city of Missoula have their wisdom teeth pulled out because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health. They can sometimes cause overcrowding in the mouth. Other adults in Missoula keep these teeth because they have not caused them any problems. If you are concerned about the state of your wisdom teeth you can visit our local family dentist in Lolo and we can help you make this critical decision.
Let your Missoula dentist help keep you healthy and happy. Call us today to schedule your appointment or to find out about our other services, such as cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and laser dentistry.