Dentist Questions Wisdom Teeth

Why does my son have more than 4 wisdom teeth?

My son went to the surgeon to remove two of his wisdom teeth that were causing him issues. But the x-ray showed that he didn't just have 4 wisdom teeth--he had 6? I didn't think it was possible, but obviously it is if he has them. Why do some people have more than 4?

3 Answers

It happens, called supernumerary teeth.
It is genetic
Although it is rare, extra or supernumary teeth can occur in the third molar region. The exact cause of the development of extra teeth is not fully known. Associated factors include genetics, overactivity of the cells that produce teeth, and certain disease processes.