Published on July 1, 2022, Updated on September 12, 2022
Bicuspids are permanent teeth that are in between the front canine teeth (cuspids) and the back molars. People also call bicuspid teeth “premolar teeth” because they are in the mouth before the molars. Bicuspid teeth have two points or cusps on the crown. The “bi” in front of the word means that there are two points. Teeth with two points on the root are called bicuspid teeth.
Are Bicuspids Permanent Teeth?
Yes. Bicuspids are permanent teeth that can grow between your back molars and your front canine teeth. Most of the time, the teeth that make room for bicuspids fall out between the ages of 12 and 13. This is a normal time for bicuspids to come in.
Why Do We Have Bicuspid Teeth?
People with bicuspid teeth can eat almost any kind of food because they can bite and chew on a bigger surface area. These teeth are very important because they help the canines and molars in chewing food properly.
Does Everyone Have Bicuspid Teeth?
Yes. Each person has a set of bicuspid teeth. Sealants are often put on a person’s teeth when they are in their early teens to reduce the chance of tooth decay by up to 80%. Dentists often recommend this treatment as a preventive measure. People get sealants for the first time when they are in their early teens.