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Treating Supernumerary Teeth

Supernumerary teeth, also known as hyperdontia, are a unique dental condition characterized by the presence of extra teeth. At Burke & Redford Orthodontists, we have extensive experience in treating this condition, ensuring optimal dental health and orthodontic outcomes for our patients.

Understanding Supernumerary Teeth

Hyperdontia occurs when more teeth than the usual number develop in the mouth. These extra teeth can disrupt the normal alignment of teeth, leading to crowding, bite issues, and impaction of normal teeth under the gumline. Supernumerary teeth can also damage the structure of the normal teeth in the area. Recognizing and addressing this condition early is important for maintaining good oral health.

The causes of supernumerary teeth are multifaceted and include a mix of genetic and environmental factors:

  1. Genetic Factors: There is a strong genetic component associated with hyperdontia. The condition often runs in families, suggesting a hereditary predisposition. Specific genetic mutations or syndromes, such as Gardner’s syndrome and cleidocranial dysostosis, are also linked to an increased likelihood of developing supernumerary teeth.
  2. Environmental Influences: While less understood, certain environmental factors during the developmental stages of teeth may contribute to hyperdontia. These can include exposure to certain drugs, infections, or trauma during early childhood when tooth development is ongoing.
  3. Dental Developmental Anomalies: Hyperdontia can be a result of developmental anomalies during the tooth formation process. The dental lamina, the tissue that initiates tooth development, may overextend or have localized hyperactivity, leading to the formation of extra tooth buds.
  4. Associated Conditions: Hyperdontia is sometimes associated with certain medical conditions and syndromes. For instance, it’s more common in individuals with cleft lip and palate. Understanding these associations is important for comprehensive treatment and care.
Supernumerary Teeth, also called Hyperdontia, can be treated by Dr. Ryan Redford and Dr. Burke at Our Private Orthodontic Practice.

Recognizing and understanding the underlying causes of hyperdontia is essential for Burke & Redford Orthodontists in creating effective treatment plans. By considering these factors, along with the specific dental and health history of each patient, Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke ensure a tailored approach to managing this condition, thereby safeguarding and enhancing oral health.

Diagnosing Hyperdontia

Our diagnostic process for hyperdontia involves thorough dental examinations and state-of-the-art imaging. We utilize advanced technologies like the Planmeca ProMax 3D system, which provides detailed views of the teeth and jaw, aiding in an accurate diagnosis.

Types of Treatment for Supernumerary Teeth

Treatment for hyperdontia at Burke & Redford Orthodontists is highly personalized, depending on the number, location, and impact of the supernumerary teeth. Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke aim to restore proper alignment and function while considering esthetic aspects.

Orthodontic Appliances for Hyperdontia

We employ various orthodontic appliances to treat hyperdontia effectively:

Self-Ligating Braces: These braces, available in ceramic, Damon, and metal options, are ideal for correcting alignment issues caused by supernumerary teeth. Their design allows for efficient tooth movement and can be crucial in managing complex cases of hyperdontia.

Space Maintainers: These appliances are essential in cases where supernumerary teeth have led to premature loss of primary teeth. They help to prevent the neighboring teeth from unfavorable shifting and preserve space for permanent teeth to erupt.

Palatal Expanders: Used to widen the upper jaw and create additional upper arch circumference, palatal expanders can create the necessary space to accommodate all teeth, helping in achieving a balanced bite and good alignment.

Surgical Intervention and Collaboration

In instances where surgical removal of supernumerary teeth is required, we collaborate closely with trusted local oral surgeons. This integrated approach ensures comprehensive treatment, combining orthodontic excellence with surgical expertise.

Transposition Malocclusion Requires Orthodontic Treatment
You can see the front, bottom tooth and rear tooth behind it are exchanging positions in the jawbone and require orthodontic treatment for transposition malocclusion, which is different than hyperdontia.

Importance of Early Orthodontic Intervention

Early detection and intervention are pivotal in managing hyperdontia. Interceptive orthodontics plays a significant role in identifying and addressing the condition before it leads to more complex dental issues. Children should be seen at around age 7 for their initial orthodontic exam. It is often at this first exam that supernumerary teeth are detected.

Long-Term Benefits of Treatment

Treating supernumerary teeth not only enhances the esthetics of the smile but also prevents long-term dental complications. If supernumerary teeth are not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, they can damage the roots of other nearby permanent teeth.

Your Trusted Orthodontists for 30 Years in the Inland Empire

Drs. Ryan Redford and Michael Burke are renowned for their expertise and patient-focused approach. At our practice, patients receive personalized care tailored to their unique dental needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

Managing supernumerary teeth is vital for long-term oral health and orthodontic outcomes. We encourage individuals and families to request a consultation if hyperdontia is a concern.

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Request an Appointment with Our Top Orthodontists

Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke are so well known in the Inland Empire that local dentists frequently refer their patients to their orthodontic office. To get on their calendar, please Request a Consultation and we will schedule your child or teen to receive an initial consultation with our expert orthodontists.

Here are our contact details for your convenience:

Temecula Orthodontist Office

Address: 41238 Margarita Rd Ste 101, Temecula, CA 92591

Phone: (951) 699-8011

Office Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lake Elsinore Orthodontist Office

Address: 351 Railroad Canyon Rd Ste C, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532

Phone: (951) 699-8011

Office Hours: Open 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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