Natal primary molar: clinical and histological aspects

J Oral Sci. 2010 Jun;52(2):313-7. doi: 10.2334/josnusd.52.313.


The authors report a case of natal primary molar in a healthy 14-day-old child. The diagnosis of the case and the treatment plan are discussed, as well as histological analyses of the natal tooth. The tooth presented an immature appearance, with high mobility and insertion only in soft tissue, and therefore the clinical option adopted was dental extraction. Histological analyses revealed enamel hypoplasia and dentin showing a typical tubular pattern without alterations. The soft tissue had young and richly vascularized pulp with areas of chronic inflammatory infiltration.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Connective Tissue / pathology
  • Dental Enamel Hypoplasia / pathology
  • Dentin / pathology
  • Epithelium / pathology
  • Gingiva / pathology
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Molar / pathology*
  • Natal Teeth / pathology*
  • Tooth Mobility / pathology