What is Hyperdontia and How Does it Affect Your Teeth?

Hyperdontia is a rare condition where you grow extra teeth. A dentist can remove them or use orthodontics to reposition them if they are causing oral problems.

Key takeaways:

  • Hyperdontia can affect both your baby and permanent teeth, although it is more common with permanent teeth.
  • Around 3.8% of people will experience hyperdontia, with men twice more likely than women to be affected.
  • Extra teeth can develop in front or behind your regular ones.

“In children that have hyperdontia, the surplus baby teeth can cause problems with the eruption of permanent teeth along with speech problems and even tooth abscesses, so the condition may require treatment.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.