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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Extra tooth

06/12/2006

Question:

my 11 year old son has an extra tooth. He has 5 teeth between his lower eye teeth. Four are adult teeth, and one looks to still be a baby tooth. Is this normal?

Answer:

No, it is not normal to have five incisors.  One could be an extra tooth or simply a baby tooth that hasn't fallen out yet.  Either way, it's presence could affect the way that your son's teeth will align.  See a pediatric dentist or an orthodontist for a clinical evaluation and to discuss options for treatment.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University