In light of the upcoming film depicting the life of the well known band, Queen, today we are going to discuss a dental phenomenon the lead singer experienced known as Hyperdontia.
When a person has more than 32 teeth, it is characterized as Hyperdontia. While this condition has a low percentage of occurrence, sitting between 1% and 4% of the population, it is more common in males than it is females. The cause of hyperdontia is unknown, however, suspicion focuses on genetics as well as the dental lamina (the cell zone that initiates the formation of a tooth germ that forms a tooth).
While this condition is rare, it impacted the entertainment world through the voice of Freddie Mercury. Even though he declined treatment for his hyperdontia, it is better to be evaluated and treated for this disorder because of the possible clinical and functional issues. Treatment for hyperdontia generally consists of the removal of the extra teeth. Mercury’s reasoning for not receiving treatment was justified by his reasoning that his voice would differ after the removal of the four extra molars.
Bohemian Rhapsody and other songs perhaps wouldn’t sound the same if the lead singer wasn’t subjected to such an interesting dental occurrence. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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