Our Last Blog post was about the four types of teeth. Today we are looking at other types of teeth.
Sometimes teeth develop outside of their normal process, and one example of this is supernumerary teeth. The normal tooth count in the adult mouth is 32, but more can appear; these are called supernumerary teeth. The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry suggests the most common type of supernumerary tooth is an extra incisor located between two central incisors, also known as a mesioden. The second-most common supernumerary tooth is an extra molar tooth, called a paramolar. It’s also possible to develop supernumerary canine teeth.
Natal teeth are teeth that are present at birth, which occurs once in every 2,000 to 3,000 births, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Also called fetal teeth, natal teeth usually appear in the lower gum. Because they often have weak or nonexistent roots, natal teeth fall out easily, so doctors often advise having them removed to avoid the risk of inhaling the tooth. Natal teeth can also irritate or injure the baby’s tongue or the mother while nursing. The presence of natal teeth is usually an isolated incident, but they can be a symptom of other medical conditions as well.
It’s essential to look after all types of teeth well and have regular dental checkups. With a full set of healthy teeth, people can eat and speak properly and maintain their confident smiles.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
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