There are some truly strange oral health conditions out there. Some are common, others not so much. When we go to the dentist for our frequent checkups, the likelihood of being diagnosed with something like them is unlikely but not impossible. Here are some of those rare dental disorders.

4 Rare Dental Disorders

1. Gingival Fibromatosis

Fibromatosis is typically a hereditary condition that affects the skin all over your body. It manifests itself in abnormally looking skin that seems to “bubble” up. While it’s unpleasant to look at, it can also be rather uncomfortable.

Gingival fibromatosis is a similar condition that takes place in the mouth. It’s essentially and overgrowth of gum tissue that comes in extremely puffy and can be quite uncomfortable. It can also affect the growth of your teeth and the way you talk. The only treatment is oral surgery.

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2. Otodental Syndrome

This is one of the more interesting oral health diseases. Not only does it affect your mouth, it has a few different effects on the facial area. For starters, it can significantly impact your hearing.

The way it affects your teeth is by enlarging your canines and molars. This has detrimental effects on your mouth. The whole facial structure of the jaw becomes impacted and all the other teeth become crowded. The only way to treat it is by tooth extraction and cosmetic surgery.

3. Hyperdontia 

We all had baby teeth and we all lose them. Once we do, the adult teeth come in. But when we lose the baby teeth, sometimes something else happens. Sometimes we get more than that.

Hyperdontia involves growing extra teeth. We are only supposed to have 32 after all of our baby teeth are gone. With those who suffer from hyperdontia, they may end up with 40 or 50. Hyperdontia typically affects people who have one or two extra teeth come in. The really strange part is they usually come in behind or in front of an existing tooth. It can be rather painful if growing in the wrong place.

4. Papillon-Lefeve Syndrom (PLS)

There’s connective tissue that keeps your teeth inside your mouth. If anything were to happen to that connective tissue, it could easily compromise the entire structure of your mouth. In order to keep that connective tissue strong and healthy, there exists an enzyme that supports it.

PLS is a genetic disorder that affects this enzyme, weakening the integrity of this connective tissue. This condition starts early, around birth, and can start taking effect around 2 to 4 years of age, when the teeth are coming in.

Rare dental disorders or not, any mouth ailment should be treated at Balle & Associates as soon as symptoms arise.