Type of disease: Rare conditions
Hypercementosis is a condition that mainly involves problems with the teeth. In this condition, there is a build up of cementum, which is the tissue that covers the root or bottom of the tooth. This cementum builds up around the gum of the tooth, and it causes the tooth to look larger than usual. This can happen to one tooth or several teeth. There are a variety of causes for hypercementosis, some of which include trauma to the teeth, arthritis, impacted teeth, and other bone diseases.
Main symptoms of hypercementosis include small white ridges along the top of the teeth and pain or discomfort in the tooth. If the condition gets worse and is left untreated, more symptoms may develop. Worsened symptoms include teeth being fused together, loss of vision, and restricted blood flow to the eye. However, hypercementosis is usually treatable and the development of these extreme symptoms can be prevented.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with hypercementosis, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.