Hyperdontia is the condition of having one or more additional teeth to the regular series of 32 permanent teeth. These extra teeth are commonly known as supernumerary teeth. Supernumerary teeth can be found in any region of the dental arch and can be classified by their shape and position. Your dentist may come across a supernumerary tooth during examination or through radiographs. Occurrence may be single or multiple, erupted or impacted, found in the upper or lower jaw or both. Treatment is dependent on the type and position of the extra tooth and its effect on adjacent teeth. In some cases, a supernumerary tooth may need to be extracted if its applying pressure on neighbouring teeth or is impacted. In other cases, if it’s not causing any problems it doesn’t require any treatment and can be monitored over time.
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