Neonatal teeth

Natal teeth
Classification and external resources
MedlinePlus 003268

Natal teeth are teeth that are present at birth. Neonatal teeth are teeth that emerge through the gingiva during the first month of life.[1]

The incidence of neonatal teeth varies considerably, between 1:700 - 1:30,000 depending on the type of study. ; the highest prevalence is found in the only study that relies on personal examination of patients.[2]

Presentation

Most often natal teeth are mandibular central incisors.[3] They have little root structure and are attached to the end of the gum by soft tissue and are often wobbly.[4]

Causes

Most of the time, natal teeth are not related to a medical condition. However, sometimes they may be associated with:[4]

Treatment

No intervention is usually recommended unless they are causing difficulty to the infant or mother.[2]

However some recommend that they be removed as the tooth can cut or amputate the tip of the tongue.

They should be left in the mouth as long as possible to decrease the likelihood of removing permanent tooth buds with the natal tooth. [6] They should also not be removed if the infant has hypoprothrombinemia.[6] In case of complications when the natal teeth need to be removed, dental radiographs should be obtained whenever possible, and evaluated and followed up with pediatric dentists.[6]

See also

  • List of dental abnormalities associated with cutaneous conditions

References

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