Early Tooth Development

Format Publication ID Version Published
Video, Animation 9169 1 May 2, 2012


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.


Elsalanty M. Early Tooth Development. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9169

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

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 (MeSH), Ameloblasts (MeSH), Odontoblasts (MeSH)


  • Dental
    • Basic Sciences Assessment
    • Embryology
    • Histology
    • Intro to Clinical Dentistry

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Embryology & Developmental Biology

Professional Interest

  • Human Development/ Lifecycle
  • Oral Health

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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