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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 280-282

Fourth molar tooth in the mandible: A rare case report

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, A.J. Institute of Dental Sciences, RGUHS, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, A.B. Shetty Memorial, Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Arvind Karikal
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, A. B. Shetty Memorial, Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
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Source of Support: No funding or grants received., Conflict of Interest: The authors have written the article purely on academic interest.

DOI: 10.4103/0976-433X.145165

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Supernumerary teeth are located in the anterior maxilla, mandible and to a lesser frequency posterior region of the mandible. They are classified according to their location and form. Their presence may or may not give rise to a variety of clinical problems. Detection of supernumerary teeth is usually achieved by clinical and radiographic examination. Their management should form part of a comprehensive treatment plan. A fourth molar tooth is a very rare entity in modern humans although prevalent in early humans. This article presents an overview of odontogenesis; aberrations associated with supernumerary teeth and includes a note on their incidence and prevalence.

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