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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Extra Tooth

05/20/2010

Question:

My 18 month old son has an extra tooth. It is located in the front near his eye tooth. It’s fully out. Do you think I should get it pulled or wait to see if it falls out on its own?

Answer:

Thanks for the question. I would have it evaluated by a pediatric dentist -- in some cases, an 'extra tooth' can actually be a normal tooth in the incorrect position.
 
In other cases there may be a partial or total fusion with another tooth. A pediatric dentist (or a general dentist who is trained in treating young children) will be able to provide a comprehensive 'treatment plan' to monitor or possibly remove the extra tooth.

Hope that helps.

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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University