Germinated Teeth: Your Questions Answered

Have you ever seen someone with extra teeth growing out of their gums? These are geminated teeth. This article answers some common questions you may have about germinated teeth. So, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this subject.

1. What are germinated teeth?

Germinated teeth are also known as extra teeth or supernumerary teeth. They may grow in between the upper and lower gums, on the roof of the mouth (palate), or just inside the lips. They may develop in the mouth of both children and adults.

2. What are the symptoms of germinated teeth?

Typically, in mild cases, people with extra teeth will notice a small nodule on one side of a tooth, making it look like they have two teeth in place of one. On the other hand, a full-blown toothache and difficulty eating and speaking are not uncommon in severe cases. If you suspect that you have extra teeth growing in your mouth, visit a dentist immediately for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

3. How will a dentist treat germinated teeth?

The treatment for germinated teeth is often surgical. Removing the extra teeth may be required if they are causing you pain or putting pressure on your gums or other healthy teeth. Sometimes, you will need anaesthetic injections to numb the area before removing the extra tooth. Surgery may also be necessary to clean out any bacteria from around your gums. If there is an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to deal with this issue.

4. Should you attempt to remove geminated teeth yourself?

Do not attempt to remove the extra tooth yourselves, as this may lead to further damage and complications such as bone loss and infections. Your family dentist will recommend proper treatment once they have examined your mouth. 

5. Is it possible to prevent germinated teeth from growing in the mouth?

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent extra teeth from developing in a person's mouth, regardless of age or gender. Remember, in most cases, these teeth will not cause any problems and may remain dormant for years. However, if they become active and start bothering you, visit your dentist for treatment as soon as possible.

If you would like more information, advice or treatment, you should contact a local dentistry clinic. They will book you in so they can assess your oral cavity for signs of germinated teeth or other dental issues.