Oftentimes when a child’s permanent teeth begin to come in, parents notice something about them that alarms them. On the top of the teeth, on the incisal edges, they notice that there are small bumps, the so-called mamelons. Thinking that the uneven and bumpy appearance of the teeth means that they are somehow damaged, parents become worried, wondering what it could mean for their child’s dental health.
This article will provide the answer to the question, “what are tooth mamelons?” and will also delve into whether or not a parent should fret over them. Read on to find what are mamelons teeth, how do tooth mamelons form, how to get rid of them, and what are the mamelon dental treatments.
What are Tooth Mamelons?
Mamelons teeth are extremely normal bumps and ridges that form along the edges of the childrens’ teeth. They help push the new, permanent teeth through the gums. While they vary from person to person, tooth mamelons make the teeth appear rough and misaligned. Mamelons teeth typically appear on the upper and lower, permanent lateral and central incisors.
How do Mamelons Teeth Form?
- As the tooth begins its formation underneath the gum tissue, three types of cell groups with ameloblasts and odontoblasts begin to form along the incisal edge of the teeth.
- While the teeth are developing their layers of dentin and enamel, they move forward, toward the apex of the tooth which successfully creates the tooth.
- Whenever these cells come together as a group, the cells form the three lobes of enamel. We are able to see these lobes on the edge of teeth as they erupt through the gum and into the mouth.
Should Parents Be Concerned?
Of course, every parent wants their children’s teeth to be in the healthiest, best possible condition. When they first notice that their little one’s teeth appear uneven and rough around the edges, it can be very alarming. However, this is a completely natural thing that happens to newly-formed teeth. As we grow into adults, the edges very gradually wear down to what are normal tooth edges. We don’t remember having been through the same experience as a little one. Just remember–there is absolutely nothing to worry about, and these mamelons will go away in time.
Should Mamelons be Removed?
Not necessarily. During orthodontic treatments, the orthodontist might remove the mamelons, but it is not a necessary thing to do. The only true reason to have these naturally-occurring and completely safe mamelons removed is for the purposes of aesthetics and alignment.
Even though orthodontists know that the mamelons will wear off eventually, they fear that this will happen when the patient is no longer under the care of their care. It bothers the doctor because if the mamelons wear off in an asymmetrical way, the incisal edges of the tooth may cause the teeth to look uneven. However, bear in mind it is still not a necessary procedure.
Getting the mamelons removed is a simple process and painless as well. There is not even a need for a local anesthetic. Two things to know about removing mamelons are:
- The mamelons are removed by being ground off slowly. The vibrations from the device might make your nose itch and tickle.
- Some patients have lower incisors that are too sensitive for each mamelon to be removed all at once. Removal must then be completed over several appointments.
Note that such removal will not increase the chances of getting a cavity, which some people do worry about.
Tooth mamelons are extremely normal bumps and ridges found in children’s teeth. They actually help push the new, permanent teeth through the gums. Once the teeth have erupted, the mamelons begin to wear off after serving their purpose
Over time, the mamelons will go away completely. However, through wearing down they can end up making the teeth appear uneven. While it is not necessary, many people choose to file down their mamelons out of wanting beautiful teeth. The process is painless should one want to go through it.
Do you still have mamelons on your teeth? If you have gotten them filed down, what was your experience like? Do you still have lingering questions about mamelons? Leave us a note now in the “Comments” section.