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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
What is the classification of supernumery teeth?
Thank you for the question.
Supernumerary (or extra) teeth can range from those present at birth (natal teeth) to those associated with syndromes (such as cleft palates, Gardners syndrome, etc). They are typically from an extended growth of the cells that form teeth. They are much more common in the adult set of teeth, in the upper jaw and specifically in the midline of the upper jaw. When they appear between the top or bottom front teeth they are known as 'mesiodens'. Supernumerary teeth can challenge treatment plans by impacting other teeth and affecting normal eruption patterns. They need to be followed by a dentist for timing and method of removal.
Hope this helps.
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati