Wisdom teeth are a part of the permanent set, so they can’t grow back once pulled out. The problem is done and dusted once and for all. However, there is a catch to this; there are a few among the ordinary that is born with more than 4 wisdom teeth – the supernumerary teeth and the phenomenon is known as hyperdontia. What happens next?

The problem is that these extra teeth might grow after you get wisdom teeth extraction.

Can Wisdom Teeth Grow Back After You Get An Extraction?

No, it cannot. It is not possible for your wisdom tooth or any other to regrow after removal. The tooth phenomenon is simple; every structure starts forming from a tiny bud before you can even point it out.

You may be one of those who have tooth buds already before birth! Teeth are made of minerals and are sturdy, just like fingernails, but they cannot grow again once gone.

But, as far as supernumerary teeth are concerned, please note that these are extra teeth. Usually, the molars erupt behind or right next to wisdom teeth. They are visibly smaller in size compared to wisdom teeth. In most cases, this small tooth bud erupts and is not as obvious as your regular wisdom teeth.

In a nutshell, if you come across people saying their wisdom tooth grew back after removal, it is supernumerary (extra) teeth that were behind the third molars, perfectly hidden and not removed.

Why Does One Have Supernumerary Teeth?

It is true; you may have extra wisdom teeth other than 4 regulars! But if you get into details, those teeth are not exactly wisdom ones. They are, in fact, extra molars.

These supernumerary teeth are much smaller than regular wisdom teeth. Their size is no big than 1/6th or 1/8th of a small wisdom tooth.

The posterior side of your jaw is the part of your mouth most susceptible to an extra tooth forming and growing. Mostly, we can’t spot them until the wisdom teeth fully form; therefore, it is not out of the ordinary to think of them as having extra wisdom teeth.

Treatment for Supernumerary Teeth/ Hyperdontia?

Usually, people who suffer from hyperdontia do not need any treatment. However, if it hinders normal functioning, they may need to go for extra teeth removal to avoid further complications.
The most common symptoms of hyperdontia other than clear visibility of an extra tooth are:

  1. pain
  2. discomfort
  3. swelling
  4. weakness in your mouth

Final Words

If you are still confused about the whole phenomenon, why don’t you talk to the teeth experts in Houston on Jones Rd, Ste C from Pearlshine Dental? Our team will be more than happy to cater to your questions and guide you through the perfect treatment plan. Give us a call at (281) 477-7200.

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