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Big Smile: What do you know about macrodontia?
by Staff
Many of us have seen the condition when someone has a tooth much bigger than the others, but don't know much about what causes it -- or if and when it's correctable. Is your knowledge of this dental anomaly at the micro- or macro- level? Take the quiz and find out.

Macrodontia is a condition where the mouth is too small for the teeth.

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The opposite of macrodontia is microdontia.

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Males are less likely to have macrodontia than females.

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Human teeth are smaller now than they used to be.

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Mediadontia is the condition of having medium-sized teeth.

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Megadontia is another term for conditions of macrodontia.

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Heredity is a factor in having macrodontia.

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Ethnicity can be a factor in having macrodontia.

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It is necessary to remove oversized teeth in order to treat macrodontia.

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Macrodontia is more common in people with developmental disabilities.

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Minidontia results in tooth anomalies even smaller than in microdontia.

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Sometimes people with macrodontia in one tooth or in several can have the tooth surfaces sized down.

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Most often, macrodontia is an area of study in pediatrics or pediatric dentistry.

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An anomaly is not a deformity.

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Gigantism is another term for macrodontia.

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Individuals with some forms of mental retardation are likely to have macrodontia.

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Macrodontia never occurs in all of the teeth.

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Having macrodontia is not painful.

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Stripping teeth is one way to correct macrodontia.

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Imperfect smiles can be very endearing.

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