FAQs: Serrated Teeth

June 14, 2016

Have you been asking yourself, “Why do I have serrated teeth?” but you have noticed you cannot come up with any definitive answers? Keep in mind that this is a wonderful question for our team and one we are happy to discuss at length with you during your next visit. As for the specifics, do yourself one huge favor: Stop worrying – this has no impact on your oral health. The “ridges” you’re seeing on the anterior teeth of your smile might not make you happy when you look at them but they’re not all bad. Find out a bit more with an FAQ session!

Frequently Asked Questions: Serrated Teeth

Question: What’s going on with my smile? I’m an adult but my teeth look more similar to that of a child whose permanent teeth just showed up!

Answer: Your oral health is fine, as we mentioned. What you’re looking at is what we call “mamelons” – or curved protrusions on the edges of your teeth. They are there because your teeth form as lobes that develop and grow together into one tooth. You are seeing the result of this formation. It is simply a shape issue that has no bearing on your health.

Question: Why do I have serrated teeth but my friends do not?

Answer: For most people, the lobe-shaped ridges erode down until tooth edges are uniform. This may not have happened to your teeth because your teeth do not touch one another, so the process of wearing down the ridges never occurred.

Question: Is there something I can do about them? Since they are not essential, can you help me achieve a smile free of the mamelons?

Answer: Yes, if you dislike the way your smile looks because of mamelons, you may speak with us about cosmetic dentistry solutions.


At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.

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