What are natal teeth?
- problems with breastfeeding, as the infant may bite the mother
- potential risk of the infant inhaling the tooth into his/her airway and lungs if the tooth becomes dislodged
Diagnosis of natal teeth:Natal teeth are usually diagnosed based on a complete history and physical examination of your infant. The teeth can be seen and usually allow for a diagnosis simply on physical examination. Your infant's physician or dentist may also order x-rays (a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film) of the infant's mouth to help in the evaluation of the problem.
Management of natal teeth:Teeth that are loose may need to be removed to decrease the risk of the infant inhaling the tooth into his/her airways. This will be decided by your infant's physician or dentist. Early removal of the teeth may lead to over-crowding of the permanent teeth when they erupt.
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