What is the difference between baby and adult teeth?


  • Baby teeth are also called deciduous teeth because they fall out.
  • Losing Teeth

  • Baby teeth will typically begin to fall out when their roots dissolve, around the age of 5. This makes room for the larger, permanent adult teeth that grow in their place.
  • Anatomy

  • Adult teeth and baby teeth have the same internal anatomy, but adult teeth are larger.
  • Function

  • Adult and baby teeth have the same functions. There are incisors, canines and molars, which have the same functions whether they are adult or baby teeth.
  • Roots

  • Adult teeth have longer roots than baby teeth and are embedded in the jawbone.