Grooves on Your Child’s New Permanent Teeth?

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It’s a very exciting time when your child loses a tooth, especially when a permanent one comes in to take it’s place! Have you noticed little bumps or grooves along the edges of these new teeth? Often times parents worry that something is wrong. Do not panic – this is completely normal! These ridges/grooves are known as “Mamelons”. They appear on newly emerged adult teeth because of the way they develop.

Mamelons do not typically last long since they are uneven and thin. They end up wearing down quickly as your child eats. However, sometimes they can stick around if the adult teeth do not line up the way they should. When a child bites down, if the bite is off their teeth may never touch and the mamelons would not fade away. Adults or teens may be self-conscious about how their teeth look. Those who still have mamelons and do not like the appearance of them, can have them smoothed out by their dentist. It is a simple cosmetic dental procedure.

If you have any questions about mamelons, or your child’s new adult teeth, please contact us at Southwood Dental Studio in London today!

– Dr. Sanjay Agrawal

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