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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Born with teeth

09/09/2008

Question:

My daughter was born with her bottom front teeth. They had pulled them the day she was born. About 3 months later she started to get a bottom right tooth that is now brown and little. She is now 2 with that bottom little tooth and missin the other. what is wrong?

Answer:

It sounds like your daughter suffered from natal teeth, which are present at birth; then it sounds like she got premature eruption of another tooth. More than likely the natal teeth were her actual baby teeth (shouldn't be replaced until the permanent ones come in at 6-7 years) and this brown one may in fact have been a supernumerary (extra) tooth.

The best way to get a handle on the situation is have a dentist perform a thorough exam and possibly take a radiograph (xray) to find out what is developing below the gums. Hope that helps.

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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Professor
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati