Extra Tooth: Mesiodens and Other Supernumerary Teeth

Extra Tooth: Mesiodens and Other Supernumerary Teeth

Supernumerary Teeth
Extra Teeth: Supernumerary Premolars | ©iStock.com/Watanyou

Has your child ever come up to you and told you that they have an extra tooth growing out of their upper jaw behind their permanent teeth?  It’s probably more likely that you’ve been told that your child has an extra tooth, or supernumerary tooth (we try to make up complicated words!) as dentists like to call it.

If so, you’re not alone!  It is estimated that supernumerary, or extra teeth occur in 2% of Caucasian children, with an even higher frequency in those of Asian descent.

Below you can see an x-ray of a child with a supernumerary tooth.  The original x-ray is on the left, and I outlined the supernumerary tooth in green in the x-ray on the right.

Extra Teeth: Supernumerary Mesiodens Tooth

This particular extra tooth is called a mesiodens.  That means that it is right between the two upper middle front teeth.  Only about 25% of these teeth actually erupt into the mouth.  Most mesiodens teeth stay in the jawbone and never make it into the mouth.

What Causes Supernumerary Teeth?

Currently, it is believed that supernumerary teeth occur due to the continued growth of the tissue that forms teeth, known as the dental lamina.

Supernumerary teeth can be hereditary or they may be associated with one of two conditions: Gardner’s Syndrome and Cleidocranial Dysplasia.  Supernumerary teeth can also occur in people that don’t have those two conditions and in those withouta family history of supernumerary teeth.

How Common Are Extra (Supernumerary) Teeth?

It is estimated that supernumerary teeth occur in 0.1-3.8% of Caucasians.  They are even more common than that in people of Asian descent, although I couldn’t find any hard numbers.

Supernumerary Teeth are twice as common in boys as they are in girls.  Most supernumerary teeth form before the age of 20, although they are more commonly found with the permanent teeth rather than the baby teeth.

What are Supernumerary Teeth Called?

Extra teeth have a lot of names!  They are classified based upon where they are located and what they look like.

If an extra tooth is located in the middle of the two front teeth, it is called a mesiodens. If the extra tooth is located around the molar area, it is called a paramolar. If the extra tooth is located behind the wisdom teeth, it is known as a distodens.

If an extra tooth is shaped like another “normal” tooth, it is called a supplemental tooth.  If it is not shaped like a normal tooth, then it is known as a rudimentary tooth.  Rudimental teeth are then classified based on what they look like:

  • Conical Rudimentary Teeth look small or peg-shaped.
  • Tuberculate Rudimentary Teeth appear to be barrel-shaped and have more than one cusp.
  • Molariform Rudimentary Teeth look similar to premolar or molar teeth, but not enough to be called a supplemental tooth.

What Does a Supernumerary Tooth Look Like?

Supernumerary Teeth: MesiodensWhen I was out visiting my sister last summer, she told me that my nephew had to get an extra tooth removed.  She told me I could even take a picture and put it up on Oral Answers.

You can see my nephew’s supernumerary tooth to the right.  It was a mesiodens, since it was growing right between his front two teeth.  As you can see, the tooth doesn’t really resemble any particular tooth, it just looks like a cylindrical piece of enamel.

Where Do Supernumerary Teeth Occur?

Almost all (around 95%) supernumerary teeth occur in the upper jaw.  They mostly occur between the upper two front teeth.  After that, you are most likely to find a supernumerary teeth behind the wisdom teeth.

Interstingly, supernumerary teeth don’t always occur in the jaws.  Neville’s Oral Pathology textbook states, “Although most supernumerary teeth occur in the jaws, examples have been reported in the gingiva, maxillary tuberosity, soft palate, maxillary sinus, sphenomaxillary fissure, nasal cavity, and between the orbit and the brain.  The eruption of accessory teeth is variable and dependent on the degree of space available.”

As you can see, supernumerary teeth can pretty much occur anywhere in your head, although they are most likely to occur in your jaws like the rest of your teeth.

Do You Need to Have Supernumerary Teeth Removed?

Most dentists recommend removing supernumerary teeth because they can cause problems.  Regezi’s Oral Pathology textbook states:

The significance of supernumerary teeth is that they occupy space. When they are impacted, they may block the eruption of other teeth, or they may cause delayed eruption or maleruption of adjacent teeth. If supernumerary teeth erupt, they may cause malalignment of the dentition and may be cosmetically objectionable.

Because they can cause problems, it is generally a good idea to have supernumerary teeth removed.

Conclusion

If you have extra teeth, don’t be alarmed!  It is pretty common to have supernumerary teeth.  You can work with your dentist to figure out what your options are for removing the tooth and aligning your smile correctly.

Have you had a supernumerary tooth?  Do you have any questions about supernumerary teeth?  I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading!

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  1. my son has supernumerary teeth in his upper front, and it was removed by surgery, doctor said that there is one more teeth is alive as supernumerary ( very beggning stage), now ( after four months of surgery) this teeth came out in a different shape ( cross way instead of normal),
    now i am living far from my city and here dentists are helpless to say any advice,
    expecting your kind advice please

    best regards

    nizal

    • Hi Nizal – Is there a reason that the surgeon didn’t take out both supernumerary teeth when the first one was removed? It sounds like this other supernumerary tooth will need to be extracted – most do need to come out.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Nizal. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. I just returned from the Dentist with my 8 year old son. The Doc showed me my Son’s x-rays. He has three extra teeth (all on the upper jaw, in the front) And, one of them is upside down….in addition, he has a fused front tooth (which we have been aware of). The Doc is unsure what to tell me, he wants to consult with other Dentists.
    What are the odds of my Son having both conditions…and that he has not one extra but three extra teeth?
    Is there more to this then coincidence? Am I fretting over nothing, or is there a direction I should be heading?
    Thank You
    SueAnn

    • Hi SueAnn – Supernumerary teeth and fusion occurring in the same person is very rare, but it does occur. I was able to locate a few case reports on it. You can use Google Scholar to search for “fusion supernumerary teeth” to find some.

      Are the fused front teeth permanent or baby teeth? Do you know if the supernumerary teeth are rudimentary (stubs that don’t look like other teeth) or supplemental (extra tooth that look like real teeth.) If they are supplemental, it may be possible to surgically bring them down and work with them rather than the fused teeth – just a thought.

      I wouldn’t fret over it. It is most likely a coincidence. There are some syndromes that are associated with extra teeth, but many times they occur on their own.

      I hope that helps, SueAnn. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. Hi I have a small nub extra tooth above my gum over my wisdom tooth. I realized it a couple weeks ago. I went to the dentist a couple years back and they said my wisdom teeth grew in fine and that I don’t need them removed, now I’m a little older and I noticed the tooth, it doesn’t hurt and its sharp. I’m practically touching it all the time now because I’m so fascinated with it. Should I get it removed? P.s I hate the dentist and I don’t like needles or pain

    • Hi Sena – It may not be complicated to remove – it might have a very short root. If it is sharp, it probably is a good idea to get it removed. It may also get in the way when you’re brushing your wisdom teeth.

      I hope that helps – Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Sena.

  4. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for all your information here.

    Can you please let me know the typical age for a child to have the mesiodens ( 2 mesiodens which are between two up front teeth, one has been erupted, the other once is upside down) removed? Is it too early to remove the mesiodens at 6 years old? What’s the risk and impact for this kind of oral surgery? Do we need to take a 3D x-ray before the surgery?

    Thanks,

    Jaz

    • Hi Jaz – I found the following in Pinkham’s Pediatric Dentistry textbook (note that a diastema is simply a fancy dental word for a space between the teeth) – “A diastema caused by a midline supernumerary tooth or abnormality is managed by removal of the supernumerary tooth or the abnormality. The supernumerary tooth should be removed as early as possible without causing injury to the adjacent permanent teeth.”

      Reading that, I would say that the earlier is the better. A cone beam CT scan would help the oral surgeon/dentist be able to better locate exactly where the two mesiodens are. A conventional x-ray would only show a two-dimensional picture. There are risks with any surgery. We have a consent form that the patient signs before each surgery that goes into all of the bad stuff that could happen, but will most likely not happen (such as damage to adjacent teeth, nerve damage, sinus damage, etc.) Although it is generally safe, there are always risks with sedation as well.

      I hope that helps – Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Jaz!

      • Hi there,
        I have an 8 year old son who has an extra set of front teeth, one of which has erupted. The dental surgeon has suggested a CT scan then removal of the teeth, however I would like to know does this procedure normally take place in the chair under a local anesthetic or should it be done under a general anesthetic?
        Thanks,
        Bec

  5. My daughter is 9 years old. She hadn’t lost her 2 front baby teeth. The last xray shows that she has three extra teeth (all above her front 2 teeth). And then it looks like she has her two permanent teeth above the three extra ones. Two of the extra teeth look pointed and one looks like it might be an extra incisor. We are having a CT scan to see if the permanent teeth have actual roots. In the meantime, she had the 2 baby teeth pulled today. The plan is to see if any of the three extra teeth erupt. If not, an oral surgeon will remove them. Both our pediatrician and dentist indicate they haven’t seen this before. Apparently, having 1 extra tooth is more the norm vs. 3 extra. Obviously we are worried about what her teeth will look like long term. Any advice? We just want to make sure we make the right decisions.

  6. I have a simular problem to Sena, A couple of months ago, behind my wisdom tooth I noticed something white. I touched it and it was hard. After a couple of days the gum closed up over it. Now it has reappeared again. It has’nt caused me any problems at all. Is it normal to grow another tooth at 50yrs?

  7. Hi Tom,

    I love all of the information here! I was at the dentist yesterday. He took xrays and showed me that right behind my upper right K9? (sharp pointy ones) and before my premolars, I have 2 extra teeth. I am 28 years old and have had many xrays before. Could these have started growing recently? Or would they have to have been there since childhood? Also he said what was happening was rare. But I didnt understand if it was because of where they were or because I had 2.

    He said that he was pretty sure they aren’t issues and wouldn’t worry about them. We took xrays of the other side, but I won’t get those results back until the 7th.

    Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Thank you,
    Karyn.

    • Hi Karyn – I am fairly certain that they would have started growing along with all of your other permanent teeth. Supernumerary teeth in the premolar area are more rare than along the midline and behind the wisdom teeth, but not unheard of.

      I’m really not sure what I would recommend in your case since the teeth don’t appear to be causing any problems. Sometimes there can be problems with impacted teeth such as certain cysts and tumors, but those are fairly rare. Keep us updated on what happens. Thanks for sharing your experience, Karyn.

  8. Hi Tom
    Firstly, thanks! This has been the most helpful article on supernumerary teeth, that I have found.

    I have a 17 month old toddler who has just been given a referral to a paediatric dentist, for what appears to be a supernumerary tooth coming through between his two top front teeth. We were told that it is unusual for a baby to have a supernumerary tooth.
    So far my son has 7 baby teeth. Three along the bottom, four front teeth up the top. He has always had a decent size gap between his top front teeth (as with two of my other children when they were little) but we had noticed that one of his front teeth seemed to be being pushed to the side (His frenum is no longer directly in the centre of his front teeth) and then more recently we had noticed a very hard white bulge appearing between his front teeth, and so we took him to our dental nurse.
    We have been told that there could be a wait of several months to be seen by the paediatric dentist (on a public waiting list, as we have public health care where I am from) and I am concerned that this tooth erupting through could permanently misalign his teeth and the adult teeth following through later. Any advice?

    • Hi Tom
      An update from us. We now have one very large supplementary mesiodens, almost entirely through, between my son’s two front teeth. My son’s two front teeth have been pushed significantly apart, and his upper left and right laterals have been pushed aside and back behind his front teeth. We are still waiting to be seen by the hospital oral surgeon, and this could take up to 6 months. I have concerns with how quickly this tooth has erupted and shifted his other top teeth, so have made a private appointment with a dentist, to seek a second opinion on our situation.

      • Our last update.
        We have seen a dental surgeon at our hospital, who took a very basic X-ray of his top teeth (no anaesthetic, so done quickly and I don’t feel the detail was very good) to confirm our very large supplementary supernumerary. They have recommended leaving it where it is, and keeping an eye out for any others. We have been told that it shouldn’t affect the eruption and placement of his adult teeth. But to see our dental nurse again if there were any more or any issues.

        We were also told that while supernumerary teeth were relatively common in adult teeth, they were uncommon in baby teeth, and sometimes a sign of genetic and development issues (for example, Down Syndrome children often have supernumerary teeth). We were told to keep an eye on our son for any issues such as his skeletal development, but as he seems to have very good physical and mental development, that his tooth is likely to be a one off random event.

        The update is mainly for your other readers, since you haven’t been in to answer queries in a while Tom. You’ve certainly started a popular topic!

        • What happened with your son? My son is 18 months old and i have just noticed that he has an extra tooth coming through beside his first molar and most of the material deals with children not toddlers.

  9. Hi Tom, Thanks for being here. I am 53 and have two supernumeraries located above molars close to bicuspids in maxilla region each side. They occasionally cause migraines, as they are doing now, and they are above fully developed teeth some in crowns over root canals. (Malnutrition of trace minerals molybdenum and vanadium, I suspect). I have adrenal fatigue and the extra pain is draining my energy for days on end. I am allergic to the sulfites in Novacaine and sulphonamide class of antibiotics. What are the steps and ball park costs to remove these pain causing hyperdontia? And where does a dentist get the alternative numbing chemicals and how much is the cost per shot (expecting 5-8 may be needed)?

  10. Hi Tom,

    I have a 10 years old son and recently we have notice that one extra tooth is growing in front of the other tooth. I would like to know, whether I need to remove it immediately and how long the surgical procedure will take and other further actions I need to take care? Is his growth will be impact on the extra tooth?

    Thanks,

  11. Hello,
    I am 15, and my wisdom teeth are growing, but in my upper jaw on the right side, I have ‘extra tooth tissue’ as the dentist called it, it is pretty much a monster wisdom tooth at the back, it has caused me pain in the past and all of a sudden it has started to hurt again, and when I try to brush my teeth, the gum in between the abnormal tooth and the one in front bleed, because there is a gap from where the extra tooth tissue is coming through. Do you know what my extra tooth tissue is called, or some more information about this?

    • Hi,

      I’m 14 years old and I have an extra tooth in between my front teeth. If I remove it I’m afraid that it will leave a huge gap but I don’t want the extra tooth there. I was wondering if there was anyway that I could take out the extra tooth and move one of my front tooth where my extra tooth is located, is that possible?? Or will I have to take out my front tooth and my extra tooth and put a fake tooth??? Please help I had this extra tooth for a long time and it is bothering me to see it.

      • Hi Melanie – Many times you can have the extra tooth removed and then the gap closed with braces. You’d want to go get an appointment to be sure about your specific case. I hope that helps!

  12. Hi Tom

    My son has just turned 18. He has a sub mucous cleft. He had a mesiodens(?) surgically removed when he was 5.

    We had an OPG done today and it revealed that he has extra wisdom teeth on his lower jaw. He has had these X-rays done in the past and they didn’t reveal these extra wisdom teeth. Why would that be?

    These two extra wisdom teeth look like balls on the X-ray.

    Any ideas??

    regards,

    Leonie

  13. Hey, Tom!
    I have a few questions regarding my extra tooth.
    I’ve had this supplemental tooth that sits caddy cornered to my bottom front three teeth.
    It came in when I was six, (21 now)but my dentists never told my mother that it was something to worry about. Problem is now, its been pushing into the back of my bottom teeth, fighting for a front row seat . Because of this my orthodontist noticed that the fun has receded fairly low and may one day expose the root if I don’t do something now. My questions are:
    1. When pulling one or two of my teeth, do I have a choice? one of the normal bottom tooths gum line is lower than the other affected tooth (two teeth’s gum lines are affected), but the extra tooth still has a good gum line. I’d like to remove the tooth most affected and let the extra move ib.c. Do you think I may have a possibility at requesting that be done? Would the tooth not be receptive to repositioning even with the aid of braces?
    2.I’ve heard from others once the gums recede they stay as such, but could it possibly be different when you’re young and extracting extra teeth that would otherwise free up the gums? If the gums do stay low, should I just pull both affected teeth to eliminate the problem? As I get older my gum lining is only going to get worse,right? I’d like to start with a clean slate in that case, so to speak.
    3.could I get this tooth extracted at the same time I get all my molars pulled, so as to be efficient and get all the pain over with in one go? Also would pulling my molars help create space in my mount th so that I may not have to pull the supplemental tooth, thereby letting them all spread out appropriately in my mouth?

  14. Wow, so apparently my extra tooth was like a one in a million chance, as a Caucasian female who’s extra tooth wasn’t like any of the ones described lol. mine was on the bottom and wasn’t between my two front teeth but wasn’t by my molars either, it was by my canines. Mine never grew in because it was caught forming on an x-ray when I got my braces off when I was like 14. By the time I had it removed by an oral surgeon about 3-6 months later it had formed roots and was on track to be shaped like a normal tooth that would have been there. I’m not sure if there still called canines on the bottom but it was one of those teeth. So glad I got mine removed when I did though because they said that if it would have come in (as it would have come straight up) I would have to be put back in braces.

  15. Hi,
    My dentist wants me to get braces and get the surgery…. I’m kind of scared about this whole surgery stuff. I have two teeth near the first 3 teeth in the front. its inside my gum and is completely taking over on the 3rd tooth in the front. I have really bad head aches that make me go blind for a couple of minutes. My jaw clicks and pops and totally hurts. What should i do before i get the surgery?

    Alyssa

  16. I have an extra Supernumerary tooth in my bottom right of my mouth right in the middle… the surgeon said it can be dangerous bc of my nerves its been in there for a couple years its causing my teeth to be crooked and is in my gums? should i go for a second opinion i am very nervous… he also wants to pull wisdon teeth.. he said it is a possibility i could get nerve damage what should i do?

  17. Pls help!mydoughter is 11moth ald(thoday) and I noticed extra tooth between front two. It is growing totally opositenthen normal ones. Will it aventualy fall down, and will there grow up anotherone just like that or everything then will be ok. Sorry for grammar mistakes, my english is bed I hope you understood me.

  18. Hello Tom : My 8.5 year old son has a mesioden near the roots of E & F. His pediatric dentist referred us to an oral surgeon and both of them agree that it should be removed based on the review of the regular and panoramic Xrays. The surgeon is recommending a CT scan to help him determine the best direction to approach the removal. I undertand that CT scans are useful when planning a dental implant, but is a scan REALLY necessary for a simple procedure like removing a mesioden ? I am concerned with unnecessary exposure to radiation. Thanks very much for your feedback !

  19. A month or two ago, my younger sister, 14, showed me that she has an extra tooth growing behind her upper two front teeth. I thought it was the weirdest thing. Three or four days ago, I have begun feeling an extra tooth and it is now slightly visible, but mine is growing behind my lower canine on the left side. We both have to wait until our dentist appointments, which could be in a few months. Maybe we’ll have them taken out together!

  20. I’ve got one that’s like half a molar growing above and kind of off the side of another molar. Known about it for over 20 years. Although strange looking, it’s never given me any trouble and no one can see it. One dentist just remarked “there’s an interesting situation”. I guess it just makes you that much more unique.

  21. Me AND my husband are dentists …!!!! and i actually removed my daughter’s (7yrs.- 9months) mesiodens about a year ago… then when we had another periapical radiograph yesterday …we found another suppernumerary one which overlaps the right upper central incisor ….the roots of both centrals are pretty well developing ….(about half the normal length of the roots ) …should i go for surgical extraction …or wait …and make another radiographs on regular intervals for follow up.. i’m really confused … thanks for consultation

  22. Hi Tom,

    I have a mesiodens tooth and I always assumed this wasn’t hereditary until my niece was born. She has the exact same mesiodens as I.
    With my families low income I wasn’t able to get this fixed when I was young. Now I’m out of college and have a career that can pay for the procedure to finally get the mesiodens extracted and my smile aligned. Hopefully.

    In 2 weeks I will have my mesiodens extracted and get braces the same day.
    My only fear now is that I will be left with a HUGE gap.
    I’ve seen a blog with the exact case as mine and there was no gap after the braces were removed.
    The only difference is that the young boy was 10 and well I’m in my mid 20’s and I’m sure that has something to do with why he didn’t have a gap.

    My mesiodens is shaped just as the photo of your nephews and has Caused one of my front teeth to slant a bit clockwise but not too bad.

    Do you think braces for 15 months could still leave me with a gap?
    Im terrified of having a gap. I don’t see why since I’ve been having this mesiodens all my life.
    I’m just glad my from 2 teeth aren’t exposed when I speak. I can at least be greatful for that :-)

  23. my name is micki I got one extra tooth at first my parents thought it was just a lip that would go down after 3 weeks it started to grow and I knew it was an extra tooth I havent been to the dentists yet about but they think I should get it pulled im suppose to be getting braces would that extra tooth mess it up

  24. I was astonished when my dentist told me at age 40, I had an extra tooth growing above
    Two molars in the top right of my mouth. I am now 50 and it is now causing issues. Teeth sensitivity etc.
    I’m not sure what kind of dentist takes care of this, but at the time, my dentist didn’t extract teeth.
    So now, with finances being an issue, I do carry a discount coverage but no dental insurance. What would I expect to pay to extract this?

  25. I am 4o years old and I have a small tooth in front of my upper jaw.

    I would like to know whether there is any thing available which I can wear on my front teeth to hide
    the small tooth . For example , a properly fit cover for three front teeth including the small one which will look like three same size teeth.

  26. @Delwar hossain Really depends what the situation is. Without x-rays I cannot be specific but my advice is to extract it. After that you can do the restoration of the front teeth with composite or veneers.

  27. @Sylvia This is something that happens all the time. Most of the extra teeth do not show any symptoms for a long time and occasionally dentists see them when they do x-rays for some other reason.
    Oral surgeons are the ones that take care of this issues because it is a small operation after all. It is painless, don’t worry, but the prices vary by the cases and different dentists.

  28. @micki
    Before you put braces make sure you get rid of the extra teeth because when they decide to erupt they will mess everything up. Well, if you have a missing tooth nearby they can move the supernumerary one on the same spot and restore the dentition.

  29. My four year old daughter has a supernumerary tooth behind her front baby tooth. The dentist said he has never seen one in a child so young. He suggests having it removed. What is the best way to have the tooth removed so that my daughter is not terrified of the dentist?

    • Go to an oral surgeon that will work with a local children’s hospital! My son still has no idea what happened to him (or that he had surgery)!!! We told him the oral surgeon needed to count his teeth, we never referred to him as a dentist. He had “silly” medicine before surgery that causes retrograde amnesia and he went easily with the hospital staff into surgery. And this is a kid who cries when you even talk about shots!!! It was a great experience, so glad it was done at such a young age (4).

  30. My son just had his supernumerary tooth removed last week, it was found on an x-ray at his 3 year check-up. He just turned 4. The size of it is crazy and it is amazing how the surgeon was able to remove it. I have never met another parent yet, who has gone through what we did with him…I did not realize how common, yet uncommon it was! I have the tooth if you need a photo of another one :-)

    • My son has 2 supernumerary teeth. One on the top and one on the bottom of the front two teeth respectively. He is 4. We need to go to the children’s hospital and I am a wreck. The teeth are growing the wrong way in his jaws between the front teeth. Brutal to look at or think about.

  31. My child has a supernumerary tooth pushing against the 2 front teeth but has not erupted. The 2 front teeth have erupted but the left one has grown to full size but the right one looks like it is 1/2 the size of the left one. Both front teeth erupted within days of each other.

    I have switched my child to a 3rd dentist. All the dentists say to wait for the supernumerary tooth to erupt before they will extract it. But, could the supernumerary tooth be causing the right front tooth to not grow to its full length? Shall I go for another opinion?

    I haven’t been able to find a dentist I like for my child.

    Please give me your opinion as to the removal of the supernumerary tooth.

  32. Hi. My 10 year old son has a HUGE tooth growing out of the roof of his mouth and another one is up near his nose causing a distortion near his nostril and cheek that can only be seen on x-ray. His dentist has never seen one in his 25 years of practice, & could nont offer any help in referring a different dentist, So, I am trying to see what “Type” of dentist I need my son to see. Some people are saying he needs to see a plastic surgeon, or a pediatric oral surgeon..Any advice is welcomed. thanks!

  33. Hi Tom,

    My Wife has a supernumerary tooth above the canine tooth on both the sides of the upper jaw (front).
    They are shaped like another “normal canine” tooth (Supplemental). She is not having any pain.

    Need your advise if it is removed, whether the space(teeth gum) where the supernumerary teeth was there previously will be closed or it will remain as a void.

    Thanks,
    Muthu.

  34. Hi. I seem to have four extra teeth growing below and behind my front bottom teeth. However, if they are teeth, they have not broken the skin. In addition, I am almost 35 years old and so to have this sort of growth is rather alarming. I had my wisdom teeth pulled ten years ago. Because I do not make a habit of inspecting other people’s mouths, I thought that this was somewhat normal. Now I realize that the space between the bottom teeth and the beginning of the underpart of the tongue should be relatively smooth and not crowded with four very large bumps jutting out of my gum. The skin on top of the bumps occasionally becomes irritated and sensitive to food. I haven’t received any medical attention about this problem and am not altogether sure what to make of it.

    • Hey Jennifer. I just put up a post before I read yours. I have a very similar situation. I’m 36 and I have one “bump” behind my bottom left canine and another sharper one which started forming under my right canine just a couple of weeks ago. The one on the left seems to be getting bigger and they both have that tingley growing feeling. And I swear my left bottom canine has that feeling like its going to start getting loose! Although it hasn’t yet. And I also have not yet gone to the dentist to get it checked out. Soon though…

  35. I took my son to an oral surgeon today for a mesioden above his perminant teeth. The sergeon and attending disagreed right in front of me weather to remove it or not. It is fairly high and not near the roots of his perminant teeth. I don’t want to put my 12 year old through the pain if this really isn’t an issue and I don’t want to chance damage to his perminant teeth as they are all in place and perfectly straight with no issues to date.With the conflicting opinions I’m not sure what to do.

    • Hi Stephanie – If it is an extra tooth, there’s a good chance it should come out. That decision would be yours to make after consulting with your dentist to see what will happen if it does/doesn’t come out. I hope that helps!

  36. Hey tom! I’m about to turn 18. When I was 4, I got into this really bad accident and since then, one of my front tooth has never grown. In the place of it, I have two baby teeth still. Recently the front tooth showed up and now is edging towards the other front tooth. I don’t know what to do. What do you think I should do? I’m very scared. Please lend some advice!

    • Hi Pachee – It would be a good idea to get an x-ray taken at your dentist to see if both front teeth are coming in. An exam will also ensure that there is adequate room for the adult teeth to come into your mouth. Good luck!

  37. Thanks for this really useful article. I was just checking my sons front adult tooth growth (he is aged six and a half) and I can see a second tooth growing just behind his growing adult front tooth. I was shocked to see it but having read this article I can understand what it is.

    Looks like I will be phoning the dentist in the morning to organise an appointment.

  38. My four year old had a supernumary tooth erupt behind one of her top teeth. After having a oral surgeon take a x-ray we saw that it’s root is thick and it looks like it goes all the way up to the base of her nose. He is concerned about I.v sedation because she is four but this sounds like it could be pretty painful. He said that if the root happens to break off they could possibly just leave it and it would either work it’s way out or it could just stay there. One of her permanent teeth we noticed is turned at a 90 degree angle. I don’t know what to think about any of this….Any advice would be welcome!!

    • As posted previously, our 4 year old son had his tooth removed this summer. We worked with a local oral surgeon who books O.R. time at a local hospital for special cases. Our son was sedated and then put under, and intubated for the procedure. The hospital was the best setting for us…the surgeon worried about the tooth, and the hospital staff and anesthesiologist worried about my son. There was no way we were going to do this in an office. We did this as an out-patient and spent a total of 6 hours at the hospital. It did take us about 4 months to get the surgery approved with our health insurance though, prior to the surgery. Good luck!

      • Tamara, Thankyou for your input! Could you please post a picture of your sons tooth? I am having a hard time picturing what these look like. Supposedly my daughters is quite large as well…I am very concerned. Thanks again..

        • Christine,

          I sent a photo to the site administrator, Tom, to see if he would post it for you…I cannot from my computer.

  39. Hello.
    My 7 year old has a Mesioden. Just one right in between her two front teeth. It looks exactly like a canine tooth, and is the same length as her front teeth on either side of it.
    It has started to make one of the front teeth look a little crooked, but isn’t really messing with the other front tooth.
    When I was in middle school I had a extra tooth removed surgically, it never came down and was in the roof of my mouth.

    She also has one “shark tooth” on the bottom, behind a bottom front tooth, my mom says I had that too.
    So it is clearly genetic.
    We do not have dental insurance and can’t afford a lot of dental work ups.
    Do we need to have this taken care of, like having the Mesioden removed quickly?
    She also does not have ANY loose teeth yet, all her baby teeth are still very solid.
    I don’t want to mess up her adult teeth, I just need to know how urgent getting any extractions right now is?
    Thank you for your help!

  40. i have a extra teeth in my upper jaw which situated in the middle of upper jaw.my age is 26.what its called.is it dengures for me or not.

  41. hi
    i’m 21 yrs old man
    and i have 2 xtra canine looking teeth behind the front teeth
    and because there is space, food particles tends to stuck there
    now should i remove those teeth

  42. I’m 36 years old and I seem to have two new bottom canines growing in behind my current ones. I have not gone to the dentist to confirm it yet though. In fact, I haven’t been to a dentist since I got out of the military 13 years ago. My teeth are in almost perfect condition so I haven’t had a reason to go. Until now.

  43. i have a tooth growing behind the tooth that is right next to my front tooth on the right and it is really irritating me and im only 14,what do i do?!?!

    • Tell your parents, if nothing else tell your school nurse. Get it taken care of and hang in there. Don’t stress though, you’re not alone!!!!

  44. Hello, I am a 25 year old male with a supernumerary! I have had it for years, as it was just a dormant peice of enamel located inbetween teeth #28 and #29 on my lower right jaw, hidden under the gums. My Dentist was concerned because instead of bone between my teeth, I have an extra tooth, making it a potential place for bacteria to take hold. My job was simple: Keep it clean and hope for the best. Now I have reached an interesting catagory of patients, as my supernumerary has awoken and began to erupt!!!!! It is erupting out the front luckily and is so far not misaligning my smile, but it will be some time before they have the time to remove it. Due to it’s location it appears to be a mission-impossible for most oral surgeons, and I am at risk of losing all three teeth! Hopefully I get a ninja surgeon who can steal this extra tooth before it jepordizes #28 and #29.

    There will be a good ending to this story, I am sure. I just can’t wait to be able tell it :)

    Anyways, thats my supernumerary. Watch out and be aware if you have one, they are very unpredictable!!!!

  45. hello im 21 years old…I have an extra tooth right in between my two front teeth causing all the right side teeth to be crooked..I have had this since i was about 4 years old..my parents attempted to take me to the dentist to remove it and i literally got up and ran away..now im months from getting married and i need to know what is the best thing to do

  46. Hi Tom,
    My son is 18 months old and i just discovered he has a tooth coming in beside his first molar on the upper left side. there hasn’t been to many people talking about their toddlers with this problem. What usually happens with toddlers? I am calling the dentist tomorrow but where I live you have to be referred to a pediaric dentist and that usually takes about a month to get it. any info would be greatly appreciated

  47. Hello, I have tootthe grew in on top of my moler before my wisdom tooth on the upper right sude of my mouth. It has been there since I was 10 when it grew in. I dont go to the dentismuch but when the last time I went the dentist seemed very confused by it. Is it not normal for them to grow in like this or is there possible problems for it?

  48. Hello, I am an African American woman. I went to the dentist today and finally had my supernumerary tooth out. I am 26 years old. This tooth started growing when I was 17 years old. I was scared to take it out all these years because I thought I needed them to hold the other teeth together. I was tired of smiling a certain way to hide the extra teeth between my teeth during pictures. Any ways, the extra teeth was between my front lower teeth. The Supernumerary teeth was in the front and another one in the back of my lower teeth. It was crazy because both extra teeth were lined up behind each other. The dentist didn’t know if they were connected or if they were separated. I was scared at this point, but it turns out that they were separate and easy to come out. I hated the long needle through! I was surprised that no other ones came anywhere in my mouth. I asked the dentist if it was possible for any more to come out the blue in my older adult years and he stated no. I guess we will wait and see because I hear other blogs about how people take it out and another comes in the same spot. If my second one come back I will keep because it was meant!

    • Hi Melissa- Thanks for sharing your experience! Did they mention if there were any other supernumerary teeth in there? I haven’t heard of a new one growing in, it was most likely an extra tooth left in that ended up coming out, but I guess it’s possible.

  49. I also have this kind of teeth and I’m afraid of surgery because the 1st time that it happen it became a trauma for me. What will happen if I do not to remove it? Can you help me to decide? I am really afraid of surgery. Until now I have my braces, but I have this problem in my mouth.

    • Hi Beij – It’s hard to say what could happen if you don’t remove it. Sometimes they stay in your jaw, other times they will erupt into the mouth. I would discuss this with your dentist/orthodontist/oral surgeon to figure out what your best option is. I hope that helps!

  50. Hi When I was younger a dumb doctor removed one of my permanent teeth and since then I’ve always had an ugly smile I went to another dentist and they found my extra tooth and they found out I didn’t have one of regular tooth and they have me braces and put my extra tooth where my lost tooth should’ve been but it looks funny still because its just a tiny little ugly tooth that doesn’t match my other teeth …. Is there anyway of fixing that?

  51. I am 20 yrs old and I too have an extra tooth just in front of my upper molar in the left side….its some time very difficult to chew and most often food particles get stuck between the extra tooth and my molar and causes pain for some hours and subsides….what should i do for this

    • Hi Sharoj,

      Just read your post and saw that you have the exact same issue my best friend had. She had the extra tooth on to of her top left molar extracted and then had braces for 1 year to align the top teeth. Her smile looks totally different, in a great way! It’s an easy fix. Unlike me, I had a mesiodens tooth in the smack middle between my front teeth. Went to the dentis to have it extracted and went ahead and opted for some braces. I feared my 1 inch gap wouldn’t close but it did 18 months later. It was a $4,800 procedure and very much worth it. Hope this helped.

      ~Emmy

  52. Hello, at age 12 had braces, but before they were put on, I had 8 teeth pulled out, being that I had teeth pushing up on those. When they were pulled out all teeth came through except one cuspid. The x-ray showed it was still inside but was not in a vertical position it had gone horizontal. Now at age 43 I am feeling an odd, sensation on my lateral incisor next to where the absent cuspid should be. Should I be concerned that my tooth might be being pushed out/ since that is the sensation I’m feeling? Oh, by the way since the braces and the missing tooth I was so upset about the dentist leaving me with a gap I cursed them and have never been back since my braces were removed (orthodontists either). Later in life my wisdom teeth came in crowding my lower teeth a bit, but never pulled them out for fear of another dental mishap. But no issues with my teeth until this weird sensation I’m having now.

  53. Hi Tom,

    My 8 y/o son had his 1st x-ray recently. We found out that he has supernumary teeth(between 2 upper front teeth) on the same location. One already erupted and started to move, the other one is still under jaw/not yet erupted. Now , the pediatric dentist told me that one tooth has to be extracted and the other one has to be surgically removed. I’m a bit scared for surgery. Is there a way I can send you the copy of the xray.
    Thanks.
    Confused mom

  54. Just thought I’d add my story for interest… I had four wisdom teeth removed at the age of 15 – all were impacted. When I was 18, I was being treated for TMJ problems and my chiropractor pointed out my “wisdom teeth” on my head and neck x-ray. Of course this sent us immediately to the dentist! The new tooth was located on the left lower jaw, with a space between it and my molars, and basically appeared to just be circular (the oral surgeon who did my initial extraction said it could be an odontoma). We were advised to come back the next year to see if it was developing; when we did, it had a hint of a crown, and was growing perpendicular to my other teeth. At that point I was told it was a tooth, and was advised to just let it be unless it started to hurt.

    When I was 25, I went to a new dentist and had my first x-ray in several years, and we found that the extra tooth had grown significantly: it was nearly as large as my other teeth and was close to touching my rear molar. It was still completely perpendicular to my other teeth, however, and thus had not erupted through the gum at all. It was removed a few weeks later. I saw it after the extraction – it had a developed crown and a single root. I asked to keep it, actually, but they threw it away.

    Obviously there’s nothing more to be done – I’m just sharing an interesting story. The thing my oral surgeon was really amazed at was how late it developed! My mother is a doctor and of course had a million questions, and I remember going over all my x-rays with them both: there was no indication at all that he could see of a fifth tooth at the time the first four were extracted.

    • Hi Lauren – Thanks for sharing your story; I’m sure it will help others who are going through a similar situation with more than four wisdom teeth!

  55. My son is 3 and had had an extra tooth since shortly after his front two teeth came in as a baby. It came down right of his right central incisor. At first it came in turned but has straightened out and all if his teeth line up perfectly, except that he has the extra incisor. I’m afraid of letting it go if it’ll cause problems with his adult teeth, but there have been no concerns or problems associated with it. But I don’t want to subject my toddler to an extraction either. Is it normal for extra teeth to line up like that? I can send pics if it helps.

    • Hi Shannan – Usually when these extra teeth come in and everything lines up, there’s usually nothing to worry about until the permanent teeth start coming in. By that time, he will likely be able to tolerate x-rays pretty well and you’ll be able to see if the extra tooth would need to be extracted to help the permanent teeth erupt in proper alignment.

      If you’d like to send the photo, I can attach it to your comment. That way it can help other parents who may have a similar situation with their child. You can simply use this contact form and the “Attach a file” box. Thanks for your comment!

  56. we found out today my 2.5 yr old son has a mesioden through x-rays, not erupted or anything. But they say it looks like it’s growing upward into his adult teeth, and his left front adult tooth is completely turned. They said they would wait til he is about 6 to pull the 2 front teeth to get it out, and hope the front adult tooth will turn on it’s own as it comes in. Do you think it would benefit him to have them pulled sooner? I’d rather wait so he isn’t missing teeth for a long time (speech reasons) but I don’t want waiting too long to hurt the tooth from having a better chance at straightening out. What is your experience with a turned adult tooth with a mesioden growing upward? Of course we are growing to watch it with frequent x-rays. thx!

  57. My son, who is nineteen, had full head xrays which show a tooth below the front lower roots of his bottom front teeth and it is horizontal. He also has an upside down tooth below another lower tooth in the corner. Is it important to have these removed? Our new dentist recommends this jaw surgery, under general anesthesia, even though they are causing no problems. He says they aren’t normal and could cause problems in the future. I am skeptical and want another opinion.

  58. Our daughter is almost 14 years old and has an inverted mesiodens. All her top teeth have erupted and they look great. Her bottom teeth are a bit crowded and we are told she needs braces to straighten them but the mesiodens needs to come out first. We are not sure if we should move ahead with the surgery since there is always a risk that damage come be done to the front teeth (or nerves) that are perfect now. We feel we might be risking damage to the teeth you do see when she smiles to fix the teeth you don’t see at all. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

  59. My daughter had five baby teeth in the bottom centre, all perfectly straight, in line etc. When those five baby teeth fell out only four came back. BUT then a fifth one appeared growing out of the gum in front of her other teeth, again on the bottom. She is due to have it removed shortly. She is a caucasian female and the extra tooth is in front of the others on the bottom front. What is this sort of tooth called? The dentist has said it was very rare. There is no family history of this that we are aware of.

    • I forgot to add she is nine years old. The extra tooth is completely erupted. Xrays have shown no other extras.

    • Hi Rosealea – I’m not sure if there is a name for that one since it’s so uncommon. It’s simply a supernumerary tooth in front of the mandibular incisors. I hope that helps – Thanks for sharing your story!

  60. I have an extra tooth in the middle if my two front teeth. I am 23 years old and was wondering about thw process of removal. If removed i would a gap in my mouth. What would the healing process be like and how long would i need braces for the gap to close?? thank you

  61. Hi, I’m 16 with an extra tooth behind my right incisor. It’s been with me for a few years now and it has pushed my right incisor forward a bit. Do you have any recommendations as to what I should do? Thanks.

  62. hey i have two extra canines each behind each canine… they dont create any problem…. and i dont think i should remove it…. but should i remove it??? need an advise…. reply….. thank u… :)

  63. I recently felt something in the top of my mouth about 1/5 of an inch to the left of my right canine tooth. I brushed my teeth, assuming it was just food. It was still there so I felt it with my finger and I was shocked to discover it felt just like a tooth! It feels very small, about the size of a grain of rice, but I’m worried it will grow and cause problems; is this possible (if it’s even an extra tooth)?

    I would really appreciate some insight, as you seem pretty qualified ;) I’d love to simply go to the dentist and get it checked out, but I already have 7 cavities and no dental insurance, so any additional costs are out of the question.

    • Hi Rebeka – It would be a good idea to get it checked out by a dentist. If you check the yellow pages or online, many dentists offer free or deeply discounted new patient exams and they would be able to let you know what’s going on for sure. Have any other dentists commented on this before? Usually extra teeth are noticeable on x-rays.

      I hope that helps!

  64. We have just found out that my five year old daughter has two extra teeth in the top front of her mouth. She has one that is pointy that has come through (we have been told its an adult tooth). She also has a tooth in the gums which appear to be upside down. She has her normal adult teeth still in the gums. We have been referred to the hospital to see a consultant , but I am very worried incase this is the start of any other underlying problems. I have a copy of the xray.

    • Hi Tezay – Normally these teeth can be extracted without any further problems. It is a fairly common condition and the extraction (sometimes followed by braces), usually end up fully correcting the problem. I would share your concerns with the consultant and they should be able to help you resolve them. I’m sure it will go well – Good luck! Also, if you wouldn’t mind sharing your experience here it would probably help other parents who are concerned about their children’s extra teeth.

      • Thanks for getting back to me. We have been to see the consultant at hospital who has had a thorough look and took a number xrays. It has confirmed that she has 2 extra teeth with one of them upside down still in her gums (on the inside of her gums). They have advised me that they are not going to touch the upside down tooth. They are going to monitor it to see if if it changes and if it effects any of her other teeth. They said by removing it at this age may result in it damaging the other adult teeth as they are that strong yet. They are going to see her in 9 months too see how she is getting on, but if it does create problems then the suitable age for removal would be around 8 years old. As for the pointy adult tooth that has come through they have said that they are going to remove it with local anaesthetic and gas. But if she is not able to cope with it then they will do it under a general anaesthetic. Fingers crossed everything will be ok.

  65. Hi Tom!!! Thank you so much for starting this site! My 8 year old son has another tooth growing overtop of his adult tooth. They both seem to be growing at the same rate. I can’t believe I just now noticed it!!! My husband actually had the same thing when he was younger. In 5th grade he had to have the extra teeth pulled leaving him toothless. Even though I knew it was a possibility it could happen to one of my children, it still freaked me out! I have sent you a picture of my son’s teeth with the link you provided in a previous post. He has an appointment with the dentist on the 12th where I am sure they will see how many extra teeth he may have and what we should do about it. You have my permission to use the picture (you can not see my son’s face… its just teeth :) ). Not really sure what will happen from here except waiting.

  66. Hi I have an extra tooth but it looks like a normal tooth. It’s not a retained milk tooth either as one dentist I saw first thought. It is sitting in position 2/3 between my top front incisor on the right an right canine. I also have a gap between my top front incisors due to a deep frenulum attachment.
    Could these be linked?

    • Hi Jennifer – I’m really not sure, there’s a possibility that they are linked, but the field of dental genetics research isn’t a high priority when it comes to government academic funding of new studies – it seems like most of it focuses on major issues such as cleft palate, etc.

      I hope that helps somewhat. Thanks for your comment!

  67. I have a v shaped structure in between my lower 1st molar and bicuspid. It is in the alvelor bone. It was detected when i had an xray with my dentist in 2010. It doesnt cause any pain or anything. I showed it to an dentist online with the picture of the xray and he said its better to extract the teeth as it is causing bone loss and may hamper adjacent teeth. The structure has got no root at the end. Please let me know is there anything to worry about

  68. Hi Tom,
    I am glad I came across your site today. My son (18) left the dentist today with an “extra tooth.” We are not sure if it is on the inside or outside of the jaw line, but is between the molar and incisor. He has never had any cavities, but did need to have his wisdom teeth out in 2010.
    The dentist, while saying the extra tooth was rare but not surprising, added that what was surprising to him was that in my son’s last ex-ray in 2008, there was no evidence of it. My sons teeth came in early so he already had all his adult teeth in at that time. We waited to take his 3rd molars to make sure it was needed.
    So, I guess my concern is over the sudden appearance of the tooth. Is that something to be concerned with and do you think there may be more on the way?
    Thank you for your help and for giving out such great information on your page!

  69. Hello Tom,
    Thank you for starting this site/thread. My 4 year old daughter and I were at her dentist office yesterday. While there, they took x rays. It was brought to my attention that my daughter has an extra tooth in between her two front (baby) teeth; but instead of growing like a normal tooth would, it’s growing upside down. In the X ray, you can clearly see her two front (permanent) teeth, with the (one) upside down mesiodens.
    Of course, my heart sank into my stomach when I heard we needed to consult with the oral surgeon. According to the dentist, we will most likely have to remove this extra tooth with the possibility of having to extract one of her front baby tooth in order to get the extra tooth out. I understand that it’s “not her permanent” teeth, but it still makes my heart hurt. Do you think there’s a chance they’ll at least try to save her two front baby teeth? Our consultation is scheduled towards the end of June 2014. I’m a nervous wreck. Please ease my mind until then. Also, I will continue to keep you and everyone else updated as we inch worm into June and to the appointment/consult date.

  70. Hi, my 4 almost 5 year old son hit his mouth and his upper front tooth became loose and the direction changed so it pointed more forward. Anyway, at his dental check up they chose to do an X-ray and discovered the extra tooth between his front teeth. His permanent teeth appear to be rather far apart with the extra tooth between them. We were advised to have it removed this summer. Is this reasonable? What problems would occur if we waited for 6-7 months. Thanks for your advice!

    • Hi Amy,
      The exact situation (baby tooth bruised, not loose though) at about the same age happened with my son who is now 9. The dentist x-rayed the bruised tooth and found the supernumerary. We have been to the dentist who xrays the top front teeth with each apt and have been to the oral surgeon every year. We are going again in a week and expecting that he will want to remove the supernumerary soon. He told us in the beginning to wait until the permanent teeth were growing in. The reason that we are waiting is because he could tell that the extra tooth was not touching the permanent teeth and he didn’t want to risk damaging them until they were fully formed. He said that if it was going to cause a problem for the permanent teeth he would extract sooner. My son has a huge space as well and we think that there is a chance that they may merge themselves together as they finish growing in. I have my doubts because he sucks his thumb. Hope this helps. Of course get a professional opinion/ second opinion as well. Good luck!

  71. Wow, thank you all so much for contributing to this thread! Today my 10 year old daughter pointed out to my husband that she had a sore bump on the roof of her mouth which we initially dismissed as a food scrape or some such. After dinner we took a flashlight to get a better look and lo and behold a tooth is erupting through the roof between the tooth line and ridge of her hard palate. My web search led me here and the panic has now been subdued that we don’t have something “really scary” to contend with. We’ll be making an appointment with her dentist Monday for consultation…

  72. Hi, I am a 51 year old male.
    At the age of 13 I had the four rear molars removed to make way for my four wisdom teeth that were breaking through.
    Last week I have just had a tooth starting to errupt behind my lower left wisdom tooth and signs of teeth also developing behind my other wisdom teeth.
    To make matters even more interesting I have two broken teeth and it now feels like teeth are developing under there.
    Like most people on here I can’t afford dental care.
    Any cheap suggestions as to how to reduce the pain and discomfort
    (Tried a cold hide dog chew….but that just upsets my dog)

    Thanks

    Chris

  73. hi i have teeth growing out of the bottom of my lower jaw and i cant go to a dentist because i have a phobia of them what should i do ?

    • Hi Alix – Are you able to go visit a dentist as long as they agree to not do anything and only look at the tooth and get an x-ray? That would be the first step in discovering the solutions to this problem. I hope that helps!

  74. I have two friends (sisters) who both have an extra tooth protruding from their gums in front and above the right canine. These teeth don’t seem to cause any physical problems but aesthetically they are somewhat of an issue. Is removal of these teeth for purely cosmetic reasons advisable?

    • Hi Topher – Usually it is recommended to get them out as it can make it difficult to clean around the teeth. If they are still in their teen years, it’s possible that these are leftover baby teeth. Getting them out now could help the permanent teeth have a better chance and moving into proper position as growth continues. I hope that helps!

  75. My 10 yr old son has an extra tooth in between his two front teeth. The dentist stated that it is extremely close to a nerve. Extracting the tooth is risky and may cause damage to this nerve, resulting in him losing feeling in the palate.

    What problems can he have in the future, if damage is done to this nerve?

    Thanks
    Nikki

  76. My son has an extra tooth in the middle of his two front teeth. it sits neatly between them and is the same shape as the others. it has plenty of space and isn’t at a funny any or anything like that. Is he still likely to need it removed?

  77. Hello, im 15 & I just returned from the dentist and he told me that I have a tooth right behind my two front teeth. It is close to the roots and he told me nothing further. I’m scared that my teeth will be messed up if I get surgery. My teeth are straight and all but if I get surgery, will my teeth be messed up? Please answer. I’m very scared.

  78. I am 20.i have extra small tooth at the upper right crnr.is ths abnrmal?
    what is the reason behind this?
    reply soon,,,,

  79. Hi, I’m 16. Tom, I have a question. After I lost all my baby teeth, four new molars grew in the back of my mouth. One in each place where my wisdom teeth would grow. So I assumed those were my wisdom teeth coming in. However when I went to the dentist today, he said that they haven’t even come in yet. So where they just normal mollars that where late at coming in, or what?

    • Forgot to mention that with those extra mollars, I now have 28 teeth. So, again, were those molars just late at coming in, or what?

  80. I had 2 extra teeth come in when my front baby teeth came out. They looked like fangs. A dentist pulled them after an X-ray showed 2 large peefextly formed teeth waiting to emerge. They came in and that was the end of the extra teeth. That was 56 years ago.

  81. Hello. Today I went to the dentist with my 3 year old son and found out that he has supernumary tooth and what’s weird is that when I first went to the dentist, I found out that I had one too. I got mine removed when he was about 4 because it was starting to come out and the dentist pulled it out. I just want to know, when do you think my son is going to need his out, or if ever? The dentist said that is is pushing down on his left front tooth which means that his left tooth is going to start becoming loose. I just want to know what I should do.

  82. I have 2 extra teeth in the front.. Upper and lower i knew it when i have my xray for braces and my dentist says that may teeth is complicated and have a surgery and i need to do occlusal xray then the result of my occlusal xray is okey.. Can i still need to have a surgery?

  83. Hello, my name is Jessie. I recently discovered what seems to be a new tooth growing in front of my right K9 tooth. I guess I was just wondering if this is a common thing, especially me being 19 years old?
    I hope you can get back to me.
    Thanks,

  84. pls I am 25.but I started growin extra teeth by the age of 23…I have one extra premolar nd one extra molar on my right side nd the same on the left side on my lower jaw…but the issue is that the extra molar is growing under the old molar and it is causing very excruciating pain swollen gum nd even with pus…please what can I do and which one should I remove?

  85. hi my name is rayah and I found out I had an extra tooth that’s alongside my upper left wisdom.. only its smaller. that was bout 2 years ago.. now theyre finally coming out, but theyre coming out right below my molar and its sticking out of my gum :/ it looks like I have two teeth right on top of each other :(.. what do I do or expect if I go see a dentist? will I have to get all three removed? im kinda freaking out here. the pain is unbearable!

  86. My daughter is 9 and has not lost her front right baby tooth. A few weeks ago, after numerous xrays by several professionals, we found out that she has an extra adult tooth waiting to drop. They’ve decided to extract the baby tooth and the extra tooth so there’s only one to drop down. Her baby tooth was not loose then. It is now. Very loose and she’s due to go in for surgery on 9/20/14, less than two weeks away. I’ve called her dentist and the front desk lady didnt’ seem willing to refer the call to the dentist, himself, rather just told me to let it fall out and come on in the date of surgery anyway and “let them look”. Her father, who lives out of town, is paying for this, which leaves me not being able to tell him whether to transfer funds to me or not. We won’t know until we get there. I’m confused as to keep the appointment or see if the new one will just fall into place.

  87. Hi Tom,

    My six year old daughter has an extra pair of canines. Yesterday we had xrays done and it shows that she also has an extra pair of canines waiting to replace them. I guess we will just wait to see how much they move down when all the baby teeth come out. I’m a little bit worried about it but so far she seems fine. Both dentists who have seen her have said that they’ve never seen anything like it. She has a big smile. I took a photo of the xray if you want to see it.

    Holly

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