The mouth is a quite dynamic environment where the constant changes can lead to a myriad of oral health issues. While you’re likely familiar with the more commonly known problems like cavities, gum disease and tooth loss, there are several other challenges that can arise. As you continue reading, a dentist in Clintonville lists 4 rarely heard of tooth disorders that patients may encounter and their common treatments.
#1 – Anodontia
For people suffering with anodontia, some or all teeth never form. While it can affect primary (baby) teeth, it more often impacts the permanent (adult) teeth.
If a patient has complete anodontia, none of their permanent teeth form. For those with partial anodontia (which is more common), only one or two teeth appear to be missing. Because the condition is genetic, it can’t be reversed. However, early treatment in childhood with implants or dentures can make life much easier.
#2 – Talon Cusps
If the back of the teeth become conical shaped, it is referred to as “talon cusps.” The condition can cause a host of problems, which includes the following:
- Malocclusion or a bad bite
- Crowding of the mouth, which complicates the development of other teeth
- Irritation of the gums, cheeks, and tongue
- Accumulation of plaque in the groove between the cusp and its host tooth
The typical treatment protocol is to grind the cusps down, but if the tooth contains a pulp, a root canal will likely be required.
#3 – Geminated Teeth
Tooth gemination is when two teeth develop from a single bud. This can cause an extra-large or disfigured tooth with two chambers of tooth pulp but only one root. As a result, there can be misalignment, overcrowding or tooth decay.
If the problem isn’t too severe, most dentists will suggest leaving it alone. However, if the tooth has begun to encroach on the nearby teeth, the geminated tooth may have to be extracted.
#4 – Supernumerary Teeth or Hyperdontia
Hyperdontia refers to having too many teeth. Usually, the extra teeth are found in the upper row. Often, the extra tooth doesn’t fully emerge, which can delay the development of other teeth and cause overcrowding and crooked eruption.
In most cases, a dentist will recommend having the impacted or crooked tooth removed. In some instances, orthodontic care can be of help.
The most important step to addressing dental issues, whether they are of the more common variety or rare oral health problems, is to be proactive about seeking treatment. In doing so, you can likely save time and money and prevent any unnecessary life interruptions.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. A well-rounded professional, he has remained active throughout his career by receiving advanced postgraduate training. A Spear Faculty member and Academy of General Dentistry affiliate, Dr. Buck expertly treats common and rare dental issues at Creative Smiles. He can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.