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Article: Volume 47 Number 9 Page 729 - October 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 729-738

General Dentistry:  Supernumerary Teeth: an Overview for the General Dental Practitioner

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Abstract: Supernumerary teeth can develop in any location of the mandible or maxilla and may have a significant impact on the developing dentition. This paper reviews the prevalence, aetiology and classification of supernumerary teeth. It also describes their clinical characteristics and management options. A case report involving the interdisciplinary management of delayed eruption of central incisors due to the presence of a supernumerary tooth is outlined.

Clinical relevance: Timely diagnosis and appropriate management may reduce the potential problems associated with supernumerary teeth. General dental practitioners should be aware of the clinical characteristics and management options related to supernumerary teeth.

Author notes: Maurice J Meade, BDS, MDPH, MFDS RCS(Edin), MJDF RCS(Eng), DClinDent(Ortho), MOrth RCS(Edin), Orthodontic Unit, The School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, (email: maurice.meade@adelaide.edu.au).

Objective: To highlight how timely diagnosis and appropriate management may reduce potential problems associated with supernumerary teeth.