Humans are born without teeth, most of the time. They sprout 20 baby teeth, most of the time. Those baby teeth shed, and then we get 32 adult teeth – 16 on top and 16 on the bottom, most of the time. I say most of the time because odd things happen. I have a friend who never got her upper lateral incisor; it just never formed. It’s unusual but it happens.
Most people in the US end up having their wisdom teeth extracted, leaving many people with a “full” set of 28 teeth. However, we got a new patient last week who has 33 teeth. She has all of her wisdom teeth, and they look great. She will be able to keep them all. And she also has an extra tooth on the lower front that hasn’t erupted. It’s there plain as day on the X-rays, but invisible to the naked eye as it isn’t above the gum line at all.
We will need to do extra X-rays on her regularly to make sure that the hidden tooth isn’t causing problems for the teeth it’s pressing on. So that’s yet another reason to get dental X-rays when your dentist recommends them. You just never know what we will find. When it comes to teeth there’s way more than meets the eye.
If you have any dental questions or dental needs, give us a call. We can help you with that.