Natal and neonatal teeth

Sureshkumar, R.; McAulay, A. H.
November 2002
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;Nov2002, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p227
Academic Journal
The incidence of natal and neonatal teeth varies from 1:1000 to 1:30 000. There are no reports in extreme preterm babies. A baby born at 24 weeks gestation in neonatal unit had one natal tooth at the region of the lower central incisors. It fell out within two weeks without causing any complications. The teeth can be either a premature eruption of the normal teeth or supernumerary. The cause is not known. There are no reports in the literature about the actual occurrence of aspiration. Natal teeth may be removed only if they are extremely mobile. Supernumerary teeth need extraction if confirmed by radiography.


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