Strange dental conditions

Most dentists have seen it all. Cavities, impacted teeth, rotten roots, but there are certain conditions that aren’t so common. These two conditions happen once in as blue moon and you have probably never even heard of them!

Be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms, especially in young kids. Early diagnosis means that you can have it fixed ASAP!

Supernumerary Teeth (Hyperdontia)

Having too many teeth can be hazardous in the mouth, leading to unintentional self-inflicted bites and injuries. The condition usually only renders one or two extra teeth, but these teeth grow in unnatural parts of the gum and pallet, disrupting the bite shape and causing discomfort, especially in the mouths of children.

Hyperdontia needs medical intervention, and the extra teeth are usually extracted.

Hypodontia

The polar opposite of Hyperdontia, Hypodontia is when a child develops too few teeth in the jaw.

This can make chewing difficult, hampering the digestive process at the start.

The teeth most likely to be missing are permanent 2nd premolars and upper lateral incisors, explains Wikipedia.

Sufferers of hypodontia usually only have one or two teeth missing, but this can vary from one missing tooth to a full missing dentition.

Geminated Teeth

Usually a condition that affects permanent teeth, tooth germination is when two of more teeth fuse, causing a clump in the mouth.

The unnatural merging of the teeth causes a franken-tooth of sorts, with the teeth now having multiple chambers, but only one root.

As you can imagine, these clumps of teeth are difficult to clean thoroughly and cannot be flossed, so it leaves the sufferer vulnerable to tooth decay and other issues.

According to Colgate, if the tooth isn’t too wide, most dental professionals will recommend leaving it alone to see if it sheds on its own. If it causes a problem for nearby teeth, however, a dentist is likely to suggest extraction as the best course of action.

2019-12-08T23:38:22+02:00