When you sit down to your computer to search for what’s going on with your teeth, how do you search for it? Do you type in something like, “Why do I have ridged front teeth,” or, “Why are there bumps on my incisors?” If so, your Riverside dentist would like to explain mamelons to you. “Mame-what?” you ask. In short, recognize that what you’re seeing is normal and quite common. As for those specifics you’re on the edge of your seat waiting to hear about, we will be more than happy to offer an explanation.

First, About Your Incisors

When you lose your baby teeth and your permanent incisors break through your gum tissue, they don’t show up with flat edges. You’ll notice this if you take a look at a child’s newly growing smile. Instead, these teeth show three bumps. Why is this the case? Well, imagine for a moment that your tooth is separated into three distinct lobes. Now, imagine them sitting flush next to one another until they look like one tooth. Your Riverside dentist explains that this is how your tooth progresses. First as lobes, then as a solid unit. The top of that unit, however, will still include those curves, leaving you with bumpy teeth.

Why You Have Them And Some Do Not

So, your teeth still look like your 10-year-old niece’s but most of the adults around you have smooth edges on their incisors. What gives, you wonder? Your Riverside dentist explains that it’s probably a matter of your bite. If your top teeth don’t come into the necessary contact with your bottom teeth, the bumps never wear away. Fortunately, they are harmless. However, we can get rid of them with contouring if you would prefer.

Smooth Ridged Teeth With Contouring

If you have mamelons that are still present, we can easily smooth them away with the use of dental contouring. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.