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Development of Teeth

Dr. Archana Rani

Associate Professor
Department of Anatomy
KGMU UP, Lucknow
Teeth are formed in
relation to the alveolar
Epithelial thickening:
Dental lamina
Enamel organs: Series
of 10 local thickenings on
dental lamina in each
alveolar process.
Each thickening forms
one milk tooth.
Formation of enamel organs
Stages in the formation of enamel organ
Bud stage :
Characterized by formation of a tooth bud.
The epithelial cells begin to proliferate into the
ectomesenchyme of the jaw.
Cap stage :
Formation of dental papilla.
The enamel organ & dental papilla forms the tooth germ.
Formation of ameloblasts.
Formation of odontoblasts.
Bell stage :
The cells on the periphery of the enamel organ separate into three important layers:
Cuboidal cells on the periphery of the dental organ form the outer enamel epithelium.
The cells of the enamel organ adjacent to the dental papilla form the inner enamel
The cells between the inner enamel epithelium and the stellate reticulum form a layer
known as the stratum intermedium.
The dental lamina begin to disintegrates, leaving the developing teeth completely
separated from the epithelium of the oral cavity.
Crown stage :

1. Mineralization of hard tissues occur.

2. The inner enamel epithelial cells change

in shape from cuboidal to columnar. The
nuclei of these cells move closer to the
stratum intermedium and away from the
dental papilla.

3. The adjacent layer of cells in the dental

papilla suddenly increases in size and
differentiates into odontoblasts, which
form dentin.

4. The inner enamel epithelium and the

formation of odontoblasts continue from
the tips of the cusps.
Crown stage (contd.):

5. The odontoblasts secrete an organic

matrix into their immediate surrounding
and form the dentin.

6. After dentin formation begins, the cells of

the inner enamel epithelium secrete an
organic matrix against the dentin. This
matrix immediately mineralizes and
becomes the tooth's enamel.

7. Outside the dentin are ameloblasts,

which are cells that continue the
process of enamel formation; therefore,
enamel formation moves outwards,
adding new material to the outer surface
of the developing tooth.
Structural components of teeth

Enamel: is a hard outer layer

consisting primarily of calcium
and phosphate in the form of
Dentin: is the inner layer, the
bulk of the tooth.
Pulp: is the core, containing
nerves and blood vessels.
Cementum: is the thin layer
around the root; a bone-like
material which connects the
teeth to the jaw.
Types of teeth according to their attachments

1. Acrodont: On the alveolar surface

of the jaw. each tooth resides on the
occlusional surface of the jaws in a
very shallow socket. Replacement
teeth arise adjacent to the active
teeth (e.g. in snakes).

2. Thecodont : Teeth may be

attached in sockets (replace within
the same socket reptiles). with
sockets (e.g. in mammals,
crocodiles, dinosaurs).

3. Pleurodont: Attachment on the

inner side of the jaws (e.g. in
lizards). Teeth is continuously
Stages in the formation of a tooth germ
Parts of a developing tooth An erupting temporary tooth
Origin of germs of permanent teeth
Anomalies of Teeth
Supernumerary teeth
Precocious eruption of teeth
Delayed eruption of teeth
Improper formation of enamel or dentine
Abnormal location of teeth e.g. in ovary or in
hypophysis cerebri

1. Langmans Medical Embryology, 11 th


3. I.B. Singh. Human Embryology, 10 th

1. The cells of the enamel organ that line the
papilla are called:

a) Ameloblasts
b) Odontoblasts
c) Cementoblasts
d) Dental cuticle
2. Mesenchymal cells which cover dentine are

a) Ameloblasts
b) Odontoblasts
c) Cementoblasts
d) Dental cuticle
3. Temporary canines erupt at:

a) 6-9 months
b) 8-10 months
c) 16-20 months
d) 24-36 months
4. The epithelium overlying the alveolar process
become thickened to form:

a) Dental lamina
b) Dental papilla
c) Dental cuticle
d) Periodontal ligament
5. Absence of ameloblasts is a feature of:

a) Crown
b) Enamel
c) Dentine
d) Root