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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 373-375  

Prevalence rate of supernumerary teeth among non-syndromic South Indian population: An analysis

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, CRI, KSRIDSR, Thiruchengode, India
2 Department of Orthodontia, CRI, KSRIDSR, Thiruchengode, India
3 CRI, KSRIDSR, Thiruchengode, India

Date of Submission01-Dec-2011
Date of Decision02-Jan-2012
Date of Acceptance26-Jan-2012
Date of Web Publication28-Aug-2012

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M Nazargi Mahabob
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, CRI, KSRIDSR, Thiruchengode
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.100279

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Aim: Supernumerary teeth are considered as one of the most significant dental anomalies during the primary and early mixed dentition stage. The main objective of the study was to determine the prevalence rate of supernumerary teeth in the patients who reported to the Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology and to study the associated clinical complications. Materials and Methods: A longitudinal observational study was conducted of 2216 patients for a period of 4 months with the documentation of demographic data, the presence of supernumerary teeth, their location, and associated complications such as mechanical trauma, dental caries, and associated pathology. Results: The study recorded 27 supernumerary teeth from the examined 2216 patients. This yields a prevalence of 1.2%, with greater frequency in males which was 1.49% and in females the frequency was 0.85%. The greatest proportion of supernumerary teeth was found in the maxillary anterior region (77.8%). Out of this, 85.7% were classified as mesiodens based on their location. The displacement of adjacent teeth was the most common finding, followed by dental caries. Conclusion: The prevalence of supernumerary teeth in this study was 1.2% which is in agreement with that reported in similar studies and the maxillary mesiodens was the most common location. Displacement of adjacent teeth was the most common finding.

Keywords: Displacement, maxillary mesiodense, supernumerary teeth

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Mahabob M N, Anbuselvan G J, Kumar B S, Raja S, Kothari S. Prevalence rate of supernumerary teeth among non-syndromic South Indian population: An analysis. J Pharm Bioall Sci 2012;4, Suppl S2:373-5

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Mahabob M N, Anbuselvan G J, Kumar B S, Raja S, Kothari S. Prevalence rate of supernumerary teeth among non-syndromic South Indian population: An analysis. J Pharm Bioall Sci [serial online] 2012 [cited 2022 Aug 7];4, Suppl S2:373-5. Available from:

A supernumerary or hyperdontia tooth describes an excess in teeth number which can occur in both the primary and the permanent dentition. [1],[2] Its prevalence is higher in males than females (2:1). [3] Depending on the literature source, the reported frequency in permanent dentition varies from 0.1 to 3.6% in the general population [4],[5] and a few cases of inherited forms have been reported. [6],[7] There is no commonly accepted etiology for supernumerary teeth, but hyperactivity of the dental lamina is the most widely accepted theory. [1],[8] In some cases, there appears to be a hereditary tendency for the development of supernumerary teeth. [1] Generally, supernumerary teeth may erupt in any part of the dental arch, but they most commonly occur in the maxillary midline region, i.e. mesiodens, which wis approximately 80% of all supernumerary teeth. [9],[10] The second common supernumerary tooth is the maxillary fourth molar (distomolar) and is situated distal to the third molar. [1] A mandibular distomolar is also seen occasionally, but this is much less common than the maxillary distomolar. [1] Other supernumerary teeth seen with some frequency are maxillary paramolars situated buccally, lingually, or interproximally in molar areas, mandibular premolar, and maxillary lateral incisors. [1] Supernumeraries in the region of mandibular central incisors and maxillary premolars are found occasionally. [1]

In comparison to permanent dentition, the frequency of occurrence of supernumerary teeth in primary dentition is five times lower. [11],[12],[13] Clinically, the supernumerary teeth are usually coincidently diagnosed during either intraoral or radiograph examination. Supernumerary teeth may cause different local disorders, including crowding, disturbed eruption, or retention of teeth, delayed or abnormal root formation in permanent teeth, and cyst. [14]

The extraction of these teeth is a general rule for avoiding complications, [15] but some authors having different views. For example, Koch et al.[16] do not recommend extractions of impacted teeth in children under 10 years of age, since in this particular age group, such procedures often require general anesthesia. The purpose of this study was to determine the epidemiological characteristics of supernumerary teeth, with an analysis of the associated clinical eruptive complications.

   Materials and Methods Top

A longitudinal, observational study was conducted in 2216 patients who reported to the Department of Oral medicine and Radiology (KSRIDSR, Tamilnadu, India), to identify the frequency of supernumerary teeth occurrence. For each patient with supernumerary teeth, we recorded the demographic variable (age and sex) following clinical examination. In required situations, we took intraoral periapical radiograph (IOPA) to confirm the condition and we documented the location of the tooth. The pathology associated with the supernumerary teeth was also recorded, such as displacement, delayed eruption, dental caries, and associated lesions (presence of follicular cyst). All obtained data were statistically analyzed with SPSS-16.0 version (SPSS, Inc, Chicago, IL, USA) software program for windows by using descriptive statistics, cross tabulations, and chi-square test.

   Results Top

Twenty-seven supernumerary teeth were detected from 2216 patients examined [Table 1]; this yields a total prevalence of 1.2%, 1.49% in males, and 0.85% in females [Table 2], [Figure 1]. In the total 27 supernumerary teeth observed, 18 (66.7%) were located in the maxilla and 9 (33.3%) in the mandible. In maxilla, the most common supernumerary teeth was mesiodens (44.44%, n = 12) followed by distomolar (14.81, n = 4) and in premolar region was (7.4%, n = 2) [Table 3] and [Table 4], [Figure 2]. In mandible, the most common location was premolar region (22.22%, n = 6) followed by distomolar (11.11, n = 3)[Table 5], [Figure 2]. The prevalence of supernumerary tooth was nil in the maxillary canine and mandibular incisors and canine region. The overall prevalence rate of supernumerary teeth was higher in the maxillary anterior region (51.85, n = 14) in comparison to the other areas, followed by mandibular premolar region (22.22%, n = 6). In comparison to the other areas (22.2%) of maxilla, supernumerary teeth were found commonly in the anterior region (77.8%). In mandible, the most frequent location was premolar region (66.67%) than the other locations (33.33%). The mean age of the patients with supernumerary teeth was 24.6 years. The teeth most commonly manifested in the 3 rd decade of life (46.3%), followed by the 2 nd decade (29.2%).
Figure 1: Frequency of supernumerary teeth occurrence among sexes

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Figure 2: Distribution of supernumerary teeth according to location

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Table 1: Number of patients examined

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Table 2: Supernumerary teeth found

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Table 3: Distribution of supernumerary teeth

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Table 4: Distribution in maxilla

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Table 5: Distribution in mandible

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   Discussion Top

Based on the study findings, the prevalence of supernumerary teeth in 2216 patient was 1.2%, which coincides with the other studies, with a range of 0.1-3.8%. [17],[18] The mean age of the patients in our study was 24.6 years, i.e., 3 rd decade of life. It coincides with the findings of other authors who report this decade to be the most common period for presence of supernumerary tooth. In terms of location, most commonly, the supernumerary teeth occur in the maxillary anterior region. [19] The present study is in agreement with this report, as 77.8% was found in the anterior maxilla.

Regarding gender distribution, most of the supernumeraries in this study showed that the prevalence was much higher among males (1.49%) than females (0.85%), i.e., the ratio coincides with that in other studies. [18],[20],[21],[22],[23] Considering the mechanical and pathological changes induced by supernumerary teeth, displacement of adjacent teeth is higher (40.7%), followed by dental caries, which coincides with the findings of Leco-Berrocal MI et al. [24]

Prevalence rate of supernumerary teeth among the non-syndromic South Indian population - An analysis

Total number of patients examined: 2216

Age group: 7-32 years

Mean age: 24.6 years


The prevalence of supernumerary teeth in the patients who reported to the dental OP was 1.2% and is comparable to that reported in previous studies. The most common area for supernumeraries is maxillary anterior region. The most common complication found in association with supernumeraries is displacement of adjacent teeth.

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