Tooth - abnormal shape

Definition

An abnormally shaped tooth is any tooth that has an irregular shape.

Considerations

The appearance of normal teeth varies, especially the molars. Abnormally shaped teeth can result from many different conditions. Specific diseases can affect tooth shape, tooth color, time of appearance, or absence of teeth.

Causes

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Talk to a dentist or health care provider if the shape of your child's teeth appears to be abnormal.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The dentist will examine the mouth and teeth. You will be asked questions about your child's medical history and symptoms, such as:

Fillings, dental restorations, crowns, or bridges may be needed to correct the abnormal shape and improve the appearance of the teeth.

Dental x-rays and other diagnostic tests may be done. 


Review Date: 2/25/2014
Reviewed By: Ilona Fotek, DMD, MS, Palm Beach Prosthodontics Dental Associates, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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