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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Extra teeth

06/01/2009

Question:

recently, a tooth appears to be erupting un my upper jaw. I am 36 and have a full set of teeth, including 4 wisdom teeth so this has come as a bit of a surprise. it is not painful or annoying at this time but I feel that it will become noticable and unsightly! what causes these, what can be done?

Answer:

On rare occasions, some people can have extra teeth including fourth molars (behind the wisdom teeth). Based on what you have told me, I would assume this to be true. If there isn't a purpose for this tooth, it could simply be extracted. Please consult with your dentist to have an x-ray made for further evaluation.

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Response by:

Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University