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How Many Teeth do Adults Have?

How many teeth do adults have? It’s an easy question, really. 32. However, how many teeth do adults NEED? Now that’s an interesting question, don’t you think? Let’s start by explaining how our teeth work. There are basically two periods of growing teeth in our lifetime, which are the deciduous teeth and permanent teeth. The deciduous teeth phase occurs when we’re still children, and the number of teeth we have are 20. During this time, when your teeth fall off it will grow back again. This continues until you are a young adult.

Once this phase passes, you’ll have the permanent teeth phase. As you may have suggested, this one is your real teeth. They are sturdy, strong, but once fall off or damaged there’s no turning back. What’s more, the number of teeth that we have increase from just 20 to 32. That’s an extra 12 teeth for you. This number also includes four wisdom teeth that will show up at later time.

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The Wisdom Teeth: Unnecessary?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars that are located at the farthest places inside your jaw. While many people have no trouble with this teeth (aside of the discomfort or pain during the time the wisdom teeth emerges), there are also people whose their wisdom teeth grow in a wrong direction or angle. In most cases, this condition happens because there is not enough space at the back side of your jaw, forcing the wisdom teeth to grow inwards. Many dentists recommend removing these teeth, especially when they potentially cause you problems in the future. Typically the wisdom tooth removal is performed by dental surgeon. For more information on this, please refer to our post about impacted wisdom teeth.

How Many Teeth do Adults Have AND Need?

Now you might think that we can chew just fine without our wisdom teeth, and you are right about it. However, is that all? According to a new research conducted in United Kingdom, the number of teeth of average person needed to perform proper eating is 20. People who still have 20 teeth can still enjoy eating comfortably.

Now the question would be which of these teeth are essentials? To answer this, it is important to know our goal first. If you want to maintain the bright smile you have, then you need all the front teeth plus the first molar. However, in terms of usefulness you need to have two sets of molars on each side for efficient chewing.

Currently there are many dental procedures that can help you replace the fallen off teeth. Dentures is often the choice to deal with tooth loss, and those who have extra money can try dental implants, the most perfected way to treat tooth loss to date.

So, how many teeth does a person have? It’s all depends whether you are a child or an adult. Average children have 20 teeth, while the average adults have 32. How many teeth do we need? Roughly 20. Don’t forget to share some comments under. We’d love to hear your story too.

4 Comments

  1. Jason finn

    January 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    is it ok to only Chew from my left side I HAd to get my bottom right tooth extracted and it’s hard to Chew on that side. How much would it cost to get one partial??

    • Lisa Parker

      January 15, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Hello, Jason. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble eating on your right side.
      Chewing using only one side of the mouth is not recommended, because it over a period of time it can wear down the teeth on that side.
      Therefore, in our honest opinion the best option would be replacing the missing tooth on your right side.

      There are two ways of doing this, which are non-removable denture and removable denture. The non-removable denture (often called dental implants for a single tooth) is the best method available to date. It place a titanium ‘root’, which makes the result is pretty much identical with your real tooth.
      However, it is the most expensive methods there is. The average cost of dental implant is somewhere between $1,500 and $7,500, depending on the complexity of the problem and whether you need additional procedures such as bone grafting or not.

      The second option would be the removable partial denture. This is a more affordable option for you. The cost of the denture depends on which type of partial denture you want to use. There are three types of partial dentures often used in the United States, which include:
      1. Cast Metal – costs between $950 and $1,900
      2. Acrylic Partial Denture – costs between $650 and $1,000
      3. Flexible Acrylic Partial Denture – costs between $1,000 and $1,500

      All three options above provide you with custom dentures that will fit you nicely, with a color that is relatively similar to your natural teeth.

      Last but not least, there is an even cheaper partial denture option available, which is typically called the economy dentures. The cost ranges between $550 and $1,000. This method uses either a lower quality of dentures or non-custom dentures.

      Hope that help!

      • Jason finn

        January 15, 2016 at 2:51 am

        I CAN EAT ON BOTH SIDES ITS JUST IM MISSING THE BACK BOTTOM TOOTH ON MY RITE SIDE SO I WILL HAVE TO CHEW WITH ONE TOOTH ON BOTTOM RIGHT PLUS USE SOME OF MY GUM TO CHEW ALSO. I DO HAVE 3 RIGHT TOO TEETH ALSO JUST MISSING THE ONE LOWER RIGHT

        • Lisa Parker

          January 16, 2016 at 3:41 pm

          It is commonly believed that chewing using teeth on both sides is the best way of eating your food. Regarding your case, you can either put a partial denture there, or you can continue without one.

          The best solution would be the denture, because it obviously help you chew your foods better. However, if you do not desire this option you can continue eating using BOTH sides, but try to avoid chewing hard foods using your right side. This should give your left side a chance to ‘rest’.

          While this is not the ‘ideal’ solution, you should do just fine if you maintain good daily oral hygiene habits (brushing, flossing, and rinsing). One last tip is to have your dentist check on it every six months to make sure everything’s just fine.

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