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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

White Hard Tiny Thing Coming Out

02/26/2011

Question:

Hi, Yesterday my 8 year old daughter complined about mild gum and tooth pain near one of the front tooth. When I examined i saw a tiny white, hard thing came out of that spot. That place is not red in color. She still bothers her. The tooth above this white, hard thing is not a baby tooth. What this could be. In my family we all have nice rows of teeth( no extra or overlaping). Please advise me on this. Thanks

Answer:

It's difficult to understand exactly what you're describing without examining your daughter, so take her to see a pediatric dentist. The tissue you described could be a small extra tooth or an "odontoma", which is a harmless tooth-like object that commonly develops near the front teeth. 

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University