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Nov
20

What Are Mamelons?

Some parents are alarmed to see little wavy bumps on the tops of newly erupted adult teeth in their kids’ mouths. These bumps are seen on the front teeth and are actually totally normal. Perhaps you’ve even noticed such bumps on your own teeth.

Signs of Successful Development

These bumps are called “mamelons.” They are remnants from the time the tooth was in the early stages of development. A tooth is formed in different portions called lobes. These lobes fuse together to form a complete tooth before it is ready to erupt. Each of the front teeth have three main developmental lobes which form the front of the tooth. After the teeth erupt, these fused lobes are still fairly distinct and the wavy bumps that result are called mamelons.

Mamelons are not harmful in anyway. They are typically smoothed out naturally over a brief period after erupting. This happens when the opposing teeth rub over them. Sometimes, however, the mamelons may not wear off because the teeth don’t line up properly.

What You Can Do

When it comes to a child’s teeth, there isn’t anything to be done about the mamelons except wait. They should only be worn down naturally. If they are sticking around because your child has an open bite, then orthodontic treatment may be required so that your son or daughter can bite normally. When the teeth are in proper alignment, the mamelons should wear away.

If your adult teeth have been erupted and healthy and fully mature for many years, then the mamelons can be safely smoothed out. Talk to your dentist to learn more about how your teeth develop and how to enhance your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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