Extra Molar?

Hello! I am a 14 year old girl with what almost seems as an extra molar... Back in November, I had realized I had a VERY sharp pain in the back of my mouth... One day I decided to look at it and see what it was, I quickly came to realize it looked like another tooth and even my parents hadn't believed me because they couldn't see it, notice and feel it as well as I could. I have been to my dentist 3 times to make sure everything was okay and he had given me unclear answers as to what exactly it is/was. Since I know some dental terminology, I can tell you it is to the left of the midline, right of my second molar... Since I cannot include images on here , e-mail me and I can send you recent pictures of this tooth. So, my question is, based off of the information I just provided, can you figure out what this is?

Do you want to answer this question? Login or register now to answer this question.

No profile picture

Answer: Extra Molar

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Based off your description, it sounds like what you are feeling is what is called a torus or tori. This is an extra bony growth which can be found on the mandibular or maxillary arch most common on the lingual (surface nearest to the tongue) region. . It+ generally is found near or after the premolar region. This can cause pain and discomfort, or go unnoticeable. About 5-10% of the population has tori. It is also possible to have a supernumerary tooth or wisdom tooth present. Your general dentist can take a panoramic x-ray to determine if there is a supernumerary tooth present. If it is still questionable, you may want to get the professional opinion of an oral surgeon.

More Questions from Pediatric Dentistry

Missing or Abnormal Canine Teeth?

My 9 year old son seems to be either missing canines or they seem to be extremely abnormal in shape (look like molars). I would like to know if this is normal, and if not, what could have caused this?

Strange “orange growth” on side of tongue

My 12 year old daughter noticed a spot on the right side of her tongue. She says it doesn’t hurt at all or itch. It’s spongey and appears to be fully attached. The pediatrician has no idea what it is and has referred us to an ENT. Any ideas on what...

Should 8 yr old see orthodontist

Hello! My 8 yr old has 4 lower adult teeth that are creating grooves in the roof of her mouth behind her upper front (adult) teeth. Her two upper front adult teeth also have a significant gap and are twisted apart. The outer corners of these...

Are these results normal in oral surgury on a three year old?

My three year old had to have her front 4 teeth capped(crowned) the surgery was yesterday. The dentist accidentally busted her maxillary labial frenum and had to stitch it during the procedure. There is a gap between the two front teeth, that was...

Broken molar from rapid palatal expander??

My 8 year old had a rapid palatal expander was cemented in almost 3 weeks ago. We were told to turn once daily, for 3 weeks. Her follow up is in 3 days; however I am extremely alarmed - when brushing her teeth tonight, it appears the back upper...

How do I become a pediatric dentist?

How do I become a pediatric dentist I would like to know because I want to grow up and be one I want to help other children and children with special needs I love to see other children happy but want to know how to become one

Should I be concerned about an underlying genetic abnormality?

My kid was born with a natal tooth- a lower incisor that had no root system. It fell out when she was 4 days old. She is 16 months now, and just erupted a tooth in the same spot. That tooth appears to be two teeth fused together at the bottom- it...

Extra Molar?

Hello! I am a 14 year old girl with what almost seems as an extra molar... Back in November, I had realized I had a VERY sharp pain in the back of my mouth... One day I decided to look at it and see what it was, I quickly came to realize it looked...

Are there any alternatives to tooth extraction for a toddler

Hello, thanks for taking the time to read this. I took my son to the dentist this morning and I'm concerned enough to get a second opinion. My 19 month old son has tooth decay and our dentist is recommending extraction for all 4 front teeth but I...

Why will my child need spacers??

I just took my 5 1/2 year old daughter in for her routine dental exam. Her baby teeth are very close together, but they are straight. After looking at her x-rays her dentist said that she will need spacers soon. Everything i have read about spacers...