What Is Hutchinson Teeth? See Pictures, Learn Causes, Treatment, and More

What Is Hutchinson Teeth?

Hutchinson teeth are a group of three or four small molar teeth located at the front of your mouth. They usually grow together, but they may vary in size from one another. There are two types: the first type grows into each other; the second type grows outwards from them and forms a row along either side of your upper jawbone (the maxilla). These rows are called “hutchinsons” because they were named after the 19th century surgeon William Hutchins who discovered them.

The term “mulberry” refers to the shape of these teeth, which are known as “mulberries.” Mulberries have been described as being pear-like, apple-like, or cherry-like depending upon their size. The molars themselves are not particularly large. They range in length from 1/2 inch up to 3 inches long and can weigh between 0.5 and 2 ounces.

Mulberry Teeth Symptoms

These teeth do not cause any symptoms unless they become infected with bacteria. When they are infected, however, they can cause pain and inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues. The most common symptom is bleeding between the gum line and the tooth surface (gingivitis), which causes redness, swelling, and sometimes even pain when chewing food or drinking liquids. You may also experience a bad taste in your mouth as a result of these symptoms.

As the condition progresses, you may develop fever, malaise, and sensitivity to temperature in or around the mouth. The symptoms of gingivitis caused by mulberry teeth are usually not life threatening and will usually resolve themselves if the teeth are removed from the affected area.

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