A child should have 20 baby teeth by three years old. Not including wisdom teeth, an adult mouth typically has 28 permanent teeth. Hyperdontia is when a patient has more teeth in their mouth than normal. This dental condition is more common in adults than children but can still occur for younger patients as they begin to lose their baby teeth.
What Causes Hyperdontia?
While there is no known cause of hyperdontia, it may be related to genetics and select syndromes. Hyperdontia usually doesn’t cause pain but can cause oral health issues down the road, such as an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Treatments for Hyperdontia
Supernumerary teeth, or extra teeth, may overlap and make it difficult to properly clean the teeth and gums. This can result in dental disease and shifting of other teeth. It could also make it difficult to eat or speak comfortably, lowering self-esteem and increasing anxiety.
If hyperdontia is a risk to a patient’s oral health or teeth alignment or is a cosmetic concern, there are several beneficial treatments, such as orthodontics and/or tooth extractions. But for some patients, their extra teeth cause no oral health problems and do not need additional dental treatment.
Consult with Our Team!
At Spring Lake Oral Surgery, we offer a variety of treatments to help patients enjoy positive oral health. Whether you have hyperdontia or a different dental condition, we’re here to help you better understand your treatment options. Ultimately, with your input and our clinical knowledge and expertise, our team can recommend a treatment plan that will improve your quality of life.
Please contact us today to schedule an appointment! Our office is open Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7 AM to 5 PM; and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 AM to 7 PM. We look forward to hearing from you.