Natal and Neonatal Teeth

Authors: J. Kováč;  D. Kováč
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika stomatológie a maxilofaciálnej chirurgie LFUK a OÚSA, Bratislava prednosta prof. MUDr. V. Javorka, PhD.
Published in: Čes-slov Pediat 2010; 65 (3): 118-123.
Category: Review


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

Natal teeth are relatively uncommon congenital anomaly, appearing in about one in every 2,000 to 3,000 births. Natal teeth are usually the infant’s primary teeth (or baby teeth) that have come in early, very rare are these teeth supernumerary. The teeth are often loose because the roots are not completely developed. Problems may occur with breastfeeding, as the infant may bite the mother and also is potential risk of the infant inhaling the tooth into his/her airway and lungs if the tooth becomes dislodged.

Although most natal teeth are isolated incidents, their presence may be associated with certain medical syndromes.

The purpose of this article is to review the literature related to natal and neonatal teeth epidemiology and discuss their possible etiology and treatment. The article presents clinical characteristics of this anomaly with differential diagnostics, complications and reviews possible choices to manage this problem with minimal damage to the future teeth and the child patient.

Key words:
natal teeth, neonatal teeth, newborn dentition


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