Riga-Fede Disease Due to Neonatal Tooth: A Case Report

Nitin Sharma, Subhash Chander, Shweta Soni, Shamsher Singh


The natal and neonatal tooth has been reported to cause ulceration on the ventral surface of the tongue in neonates and infants. These cause mild to severe ulceration which may affect the child’s feeding habits. This appearance was described by Riga and Fede and hence been termed as Riga-Fede disease. Treatment option was either conservative or extraction of natal and neonatal tooth. Extraction of neonatal was planned and at the follow-up the lesion was resolved and infant was feeding normally. This paper presents a case of Riga-Fede disease caused by a neonatal tooth and its management.


Mouth Disease;Oral Ulcer;Natal Teeth;Predeciduous Tooth;Newborn;Riga-Fede.

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