What is Hyperdontia?

Hyperdontia is when there are more teeth growing in the mouth than is typical.

What causes hyperdontia?

Hyperdontia is usually linked to genetic inheritance, so, if you have hyperdontia- your children could too! Other causes of hyperdontia can stem from medical conditions such as Ehlers-Danos Syndrome, cleidocranial dysplasia and Garner’s syndrome - extra teeth can be a symptom of those conditions.

What prevents hyperdontia?

Hyperdontia is unpreventable as it is a naturally occurring condition. However, you can get treatment if this is resulting in physical or mental harm.

How to treat hyperdontia?

Hyperdontia does not always require treatment. It is often treated by the removal of teeth, or in some cases, by applying braces to a patient's mouth permitting their jaw to be wide enough to align all the teeth.

How to spot hyperdontia/symptoms?

Hyperdontia is quite easy to spot as it will likely present itself as a tooth growing around teeth that are aligned - this could be in front of or behind existing teeth. It may cause pressure in the jaw or gums.

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