Fact Check: NO Evidence 'Hyperdontia' Photo Is Real

Fact Check

  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: NO Evidence 'Hyperdontia' Photo Is Real Fact Check: NO Evidence 'Hyperdontia' Photo Is Real No Proof

Is a photo purportedly displaying an adult suffering from hyperdontia real? No, that's not true: The chair of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry told Lead Stories, "The picture offers no evidence of validity." Also, this photo has been recycled from unsubstantiated online accounts since at least 2011.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on February 6, 2022, with the image of a surplus of teeth inside a person's mouth. The caption is:

Inside the mouth of an adult suffering from Hyperdontia.

This is what the Facebook post looked like on February 9, 2022:

hypoerdontia image.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Feb 9 16:53:32 2022 UTC)

Hyperdontia is defined as "a condition in which the jaws contain more teeth -- usually permanent teeth -- than the usual number."

The post cites no source or background for the photo.

Lead Stories reached out to the NYU College of Dentistry to comment on the validity of this claim. Robert S. Glickman, DMD, told Lead Stories in an email on February 9, 2022:

First, since we know an image can be manipulated, the picture offers no evidence of validity. We would expect if this was actually observed by any dental professional, an x-ray would also be available. Second, for me to believe this, it would have to be appropriately referenced in a peer-reviewed publication. Third, while extra teeth (supernumerary) are quite common, I've never seen a case like this in the literature.

A TinEye reverse image search suggests that this image has been recirculated online since at least 2011. The following photo, which is also featured in the reverse image search results, is missing the silver piece seen in a larger tooth on the left-hand side in the post.

This discovery, alongside the fact that many of the teeth in the photo seem to be replicated and placed in different parts of the mouth, further suggests that this photo has been digitally manipulated.

no silver piece in left tooth screenshot.png

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?

See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.:

  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Read more about or contact Kaiyah Clarke

About Us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion