What To Do About Congenitally Missing Teeth

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What To Do About Congenitally Missing Teeth

What To Do About Congenitally Missing Teeth

While there are some who are blessed with thirty-two permanent teeth(including the wisdom teeth), there are many people whose permanent teeth never grow at all. These are called congenitally missing teeth, which are missing from birth—and it’s actually more common than you think!

If you find out you or your child have one or more congenitally missing teeth, what would you do about it?

Why Would a Tooth Be Congenitally Missing?

When it comes to the complex process of tooth formation, a lot of factors come into play. Congenitally Missing Teeth is often an inherited trait and can run through families. Certain systemic conditions can also result in missing teeth. Whatever the reason for congenitally missing teeth, the good news is that there are effective ways to treat it.

Treatments For Missing Teeth:

Your dentist will recommend one or a combination of these treatments, depending on your unique situation and personal preference:

Orthodontic treatment: Oftentimes gaps left by missing teeth will cause the surrounding teeth to rotate and shift into the empty space, resulting in bad bite and other issues. Until the treatment to replace the missing tooth is undertaken, orthodontic treatment is often recommended to keep the gap open.

Dental implants: This is most often the treatment of choice. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth.  They are the most natural, functional and long-lasting treatment option, which are combined with a crown specifically made to match your teeth.

Dental bridge: Often considered the next best option, they literally “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Crowns, placed on the two teeth adjacent to the gap, are connected to a false tooth that fills the space left by the missing tooth.

Removable partial denture: This appliance consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. The removable denture simply rests on your natural teeth and gums.

Your Dream Smile Is Our Goal

If you or your child have congenitally missing teeth, consult with us today about your options. We’re dedicated to making sure you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of, no matter whatever your decided treatment plan is.

Having congenitally missing teeth can be a struggle, but our practice is here for you. We can answer any questions you have and help you find the ideal treatment option, so that your smile can be complete!