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Symptoms and Treatments for Tooth Gemination


Posted on 3/8/2021 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Symptoms and Treatments for Tooth GeminationTooth gemination is a rare dental defect in which one of the teeth that grows has an irregular shape and a large size. Tooth gemination is often referred to as double teeth or twinning of teeth because it looks as if two teeth are growing as one.

The fusion of teeth or tooth gemination is so rare that the prevalence of this dental condition in children stands at 2.5% and in the adults its prevalence is around 0.1% to 0.2%.

The geminated tooth usually has two separate tooth pulp, but both are connected to the gum by a single root. If left untreated, the fused tooth can lead to overcrowding, tooth decay, bad bite and eruption of crooked teeth.

The most common symptoms and treatments for tooth gemination are:

Symptoms of Tooth Gemination


The signs and symptoms of tooth gemination are as follows:

•  Overcrowding of the teeth
•  Malocclusions
•  Crooked or unaligned teeth
•  Difficulty in chewing
•  Difficulty in brushing or flossing teeth
•  An irregular or asymmetrical dental arch
•  Delayed eruption of adjacent teeth
•  An unusual, unappealing smile

Treatments for Tooth Gemination


Quite often, the geminated tooth is left on its own if it is not too big and does not cause any severe problems. This is done in the hope that when on its either side will erupt, they will push the geminated tooth out of the gums, and it will fall off.

But in case that does not happen and the geminated tooth is making it difficult for other permanent teeth to align themselves then most probably your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction procedure. The missing tooth can then be replaced by making two artificial teeth that match the shape and size of your teeth. This is known as placing a dental bridge or a dental implant.

In some cases, your dentist may suggest a root canal instead of tooth extraction if they are confident that the size and width of the tooth can be reduced with this procedure. Sometimes, after the root canal, the root separates, and the geminated tooth starts to function as two separate teeth.

Braces can also be worn to correct the alignment of crooked teeth.

If you think that you or your child is suffering from the rare dental condition known as geminated tooth then please visit us at Simi Hills Dental and speak to Dr. Justin E. Stout DMD or Dr. Stout. You can call us at (805) 306-0200 to schedule your appointment.
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