Fetal teeth

Definition

noun

The presence of teeth on the gingivae over the crest of the ridge of the mouth at the time of birth.


Supplement

Fetal teeth can be caused by the premature eruption of primary teeth that they are already visible at birth. They may be well formed and normal or may represent hornified epithelial structures without roots.


Word origin: Latin nātālis (of, belonging to one's birth).

Synonym: natal teeth

Compare: neonatal teeth


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