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Natal and neonatal teeth: early diagnosis and management
  1. Bala Anusha Durairaj,
  2. Prathima Gajula Shivashankarappa,
  3. Kavitha Muthukrishnan and
  4. Yatika Saraswat
  1. Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) deemed to be University, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Prathima Gajula Shivashankarappa; prathimag{at}


The eruption of teeth in newborns is a rare disorder of the oral cavity and are called ‘natal teeth’ when they are present at birth or ‘neonatal teeth’ when they erupt within the first month of life. In most of these cases, they are prematurely erupted deciduous teeth or supernumerary teeth. Supportive management should be given, to facilitate child’s feeding and to prevent further complications, such as aspiration as the tooth could be mobile. This study describes a series of cases that were reported to our department, involving teeth located in the mandibular anterior region either at birth or within a few days after birth. The choice of treatment for each child was based on individual assessment of the case, considering options such as monitoring and extraction along with their associated complications.

  • Dentistry and oral medicine
  • Childhood nutrition
  • Malnutrition
  • Pathology

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  • Contributors The following authors were responsible for drafting of the text, sourcing and editing of clinical images, investigation results, drawing original diagrams and algorithms, and critical revision for important intellectual content: drafting of text—BAD. Sourcing and editing of clinical images—BAD, KM, YS. Investigation results—PGS, BAD, KM, YS. Drawing original diagrams and algorithms—KM, YS. Critical revision for important intellectual content—PGS. The following authors gave final approval of the manuscript: PGS, BAD.

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