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Conference Papers in Science
Volume 2014, Article ID 764050, 6 pages
Conference Paper

Supernumerary Teeth: Review of the Literature with Recent Updates

1Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, SDDCH, Parbhani, India
2Department of Dentistry, Abhiram Institute of Medical Sciences, Atmakur, Nellore 524322, India

Received 6 April 2014; Revised 15 July 2014; Accepted 15 August 2014; Published 2 September 2014

Academic Editor: Antonio Percesepe

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Sreekanth Kumar Mallineni at “CDE Program, Dr NTR University of Health Sciences” held from 25 March 2013 to 25 March 2013 in Narayana Dental college and Hospital Nellore, India.

Copyright © 2014 Sreekanth Kumar Mallineni. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A supernumerary tooth (ST) is defined as any tooth or odontogenic structure that is formed from tooth germ in excess of usual number for any given region of the dental arch. They may be single or multiple and unilateral or bilateral in distribution and can occur in any region of the dental arch. These may occur in primary and permanent dentition. Supernumerary teeth are more frequent in males. They are classified based on form, morphology, location, and occurrence. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the occurrence of ST. However, combination of environmental and genetic factors has been proposed. Supernumerary teeth cause a range of complications like crowding, displacement, dilacerations, cyst formation, and so forth. Early identification and appropriate treatment plan should minimize the potential complications caused by ST.