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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
My son getting an extra front tooth
I just noticed that yesterday my 4 year old son is getting an extra front tooth. He already has his two front baby teeth. He does however, have this huge gap in between the two front teeth and I`ve always been worried that there will be a third addition. Now my worry of a third is coming true.
I read that it could be a hereditary trait. I also had extra teeth as a teenager but was later extracted. So, can children have a third front tooth and what should I do?
Thank you for the questions. The best immediate treatment is to have your son seen by a pediatric dentist. There is a possibility that this could in fact be an 'extra tooth' which is known as a MESIODENS, and can impact the eruption and development of his adult front teeth.
I hope this helps!
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati