Early Tooth Development

Publication ID Published Volume
9169 May 2, 2012 8


This is a short animation that illustrates the early stages of tooth development including the dental lamina, bud, cap, and bell stage. It allows the student to visualize the three-dimensional organization of different components of the tooth germ and understand the spatial interaction between them.

I have been using this animation to teach odontogenesis for 1st year dental students. The reviews I have been getting were outstanding, from students and peers alike. We have modified the animation based on feedback received on the early versions and we think it will be helpful to dental students worldwide in studying the challenging topic of odontogenesis.


Elsalanty M. Early tooth development. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2012;8:9169. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9169

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Educational Objectives

  1. To learn the stages of early tooth development.
  2. To learn the different components of the tooth germ.
  3. To learn the spatial interaction between different components of the tooth germ.


  • Bud Stage, Cap Stage, Bell Stage, Enamel, Dentin, Ameloblasts, Odontoblasts

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

Early stages of the animation have been reviewed by faculty of the College of Dental Medicine. Modifications were made accordingly.

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