Most people consider a wide grin an attractive feature, but sometimes having extra teeth — a condition called hyperdontia — causes serious problems. A child who develops more than 20 baby teeth or an adult who develops more than 32 permanent teeth has hyperdontia or supernumerary teeth. Anyone who suspects they or their child has this condition should consult with a dental professional.
Extra teeth often don’t cause any noticeable symptoms. However, in some cases, people experience toothaches and crowded or overlapping teeth that interfere with the proper alignment of the bite. Depending on the positions of the teeth, hyperdontia can create facial abnormalities that improve upon treatment of the condition.
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