Natal and Neonatal Teeth

Parents of two months baby reported with the complaint of infant’s continuous crying, refusal to suck milk and an ulcer on the tongue for the past 15 days. Parents noticed two mobile teeth in the lower jaw since birth.

So these teeth could be Natal and neonatal teeth

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Natal and Neonatal Teeth

Natal teeth are those teeth that are present at birth and the teeth which erupt from birth to 30 days are called neonatal teeth.


  1. Superficial position of tooth germ
  2. Increased rate of eruption due to febrile illness
  3. Hormonal stimulation
  4. Hereditary
  5. Malnutrition
  6. Some syndrome


Natal teeth incidence being 1:1000 and neonatal teeth being 1:30000.

85% of natal & neonatal teeth are mandibular incisors, 11% maxillary incisors, 3% mandibular cuspid or molars and 1% maxillary cuspid or molars.


A radiograph can be made to determine the amount of root development.


  1. Inconvenience during breast feeding
  2. Traumatic injury to tongue
  3. Risk of aspiration of teeth if mobile


  1. The preferable approach is to leave the tooth in place because of its importance in the growth and uncomplicated eruption of the adjacent teeth.
  2. Smoothening of the incisal margin as it can cause injury to the tongue.
  3. Extraction of teeth if mobile.

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