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Bilateral tuberculate supernumerary teeth

Joycelyn Odegua Eigbobo, Babatope Bamidele Osagbemiro
  • Joycelyn Odegua Eigbobo
    University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria |
  • Babatope Bamidele Osagbemiro
    University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria


Supernumerary teeth are teeth in excess of the normal series occurring in any region of the dental arch. They are located mostly in the anterior maxillary region and are classified according to their location and morphology. The tuberculate type of supernumerary tooth possesses more than one cusp or tubercle (barrel shaped). It is rare to find bilateral tuberculate supernumerary teeth in the premaxillary region and when found they rarely erupt. This report describes a 13-year-old boy with erupted palatally placed bilateral tuberculate supernumerary teeth. The presence of these supernumerary teeth led to the labial displacement and rotations of the anterior maxillary teeth. The treatment involved extraction of the supernumerary teeth and a referral for orthodontic management of the crowding, displacement and rotations. The occurrence of erupted palatally placed tuberculate anterior teeth in this case is a rare experience. However, the associated orthodontic problems are within familiar spectrum.


tuberculate, supernumerary teeth, erupted.

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Submitted: 2011-03-16 14:54:46
Published: 2011-05-06 17:17:14
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