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Congenitally Missing Teeth: What are my options?


Posted on 1/15/2013 by Dr. Franco
Diagram of dental implant for congenitally missing teeth in Irving,TXTeeth begin to form in the womb. If all teeth are developed over one’s lifetime, there will be 20 primary or deciduous teeth (ten on top; ten on bottom) plus 32 permanent teeth. The first twenty teeth are intended to be replaced by the permanent teeth. However, if one or more permanent teeth do not erupt, there are several options to consider. A consultation with your implant dentist can provide answers to your questions about how to resolve congenitally missing teeth.

Depending on the location of teeth that do not develop, treatment options will vary. For example, if the wisdom teeth (third molars) do not come in, that might be considered an advantage. Many patients face having their third molars removed as they may be impacted or their development results in a malocclusion due to insufficient jaw space to accommodate all teeth.

For any other teeth that fail to develop properly (a condition referred to as hypodontia), there are a multitude of options that will offer a cosmetic solution but may fall short in functionality.

If you are facing a lifetime of inconvenience, dietary concessions, and concerns about speaking and smiling with self-confidence, dental implants offers a solution as close to your own permanent teeth as you can get.

Problems over missing teeth are more than just cosmetic. Teeth surrounding a missing tooth will eventually drift toward the vacant area creating a malocclusion. Treating an over bite, under bite or cross bite can be averted if the missing tooth is replaced with a dental implant.

Your implant dentist will surgically place a device made from titanium, a metal best known for its ability to fuse to existing bone tissue. Following surgery, the patient undergoes the healing period, at which time the implant is fusing and regenerating bone tissue that will become the support structure for the tooth.

The cosmetic aspect of a dental implant is the final step to replacing one or more missing teeth. The final restoration is fabricated using the contour and color of surrounding teeth as the basis of the cover for the implant.

Once the final restoration has been permanently cemented in place, those congenitally missing teeth are no longer a factor and caring for your implant is as easy as caring for all of your natural teeth. For additional information and to schedule your professional consultation, contact our experienced team today!

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