What Parents Should Know About Tooth Mamelons
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What Parents Should Know About Tooth Mamelons

MamelonsWhen 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. 

Why Teeth Have Mamelons 

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. 

Removal of Tooth Mamelons 

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. 

If you’re concerned about tooth mamelons or would like to make an orthodontic appointment, please contact Lockett Orthodontics today. Contact our Colorado Spring Orthodontist office!

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