When your child’s permanent teeth begin to erupt, you may start to notice ridges on the ends of the teeth. These ridges and bumps are known as tooth mamelons. Mamelons are different for each person. Some are very noticeable and prominent, and some are quite subtle. Mamelons most commonly appear on the upper and lower central and lateral incisors.
When a permanent tooth forms beneath the gums, there are three groups of cells that form the incisal edge of each tooth. These help the tooth to break through the gums more easily. However, some parents have concerns that the teeth appear damaged, but don’t worry! This is just the tooth mamelon helping the tooth to grow through the gums. Mamelons slowly wear off and they shouldn’t be noticeable as adults.
Once orthodontic treatment is over, we here at Lockett Orthodontics will remove the mamelons to improve the appearance of the smile if you’d like. This procedure is painless, meaning no anesthesia is necessary.
Mamelons are removed in order to improve the appearance of the smile. Tooth mamelons will eventually wear off anyway. However, if we remove them at our office, we can make sure they’re removed symmetrically. If they wear off asymmetrically, the teeth can appear to be uneven.
We offer orthodontics services for all ages, young and old - it’s never too late to correct your teeth and obtain the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!
Our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist and staff are excited to get to know you and help you achieve your perfect smile!
Address: 3210 E. Woodmen Rd. #200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920