Have You Heard of Hypodontia?
We’ve previously talked about anodontia … and now we’re going to touch on hypodontia.
What is hypodontia?
Babies are born with tooth buds, which are required to develop their full sets of primary and permanent teeth. Trauma, infection, environmental influences, or certain genetic patterns can pop up, however, and interfere with the formation of teeth under the gums.
In sum, when a child is born missing one or more of their tooth buds, this is known as hypodontia.
Missing teeth clearly affects the ability to chew and can chip away at one’s confidence. Plus, when there are missing teeth in your mouth, other teeth can shift and move into that space. That said, hypodontia can lead to things like insufficient bone growth, gum damage, and problems with speech.
Your dentist will be able to assess the situation, diagnose missing teeth, and make suggestions for appropriate tooth replacement.
Replacement options include: dental implants, partial dentures, fixed bridges…and in some cases, orthodontic treatment may work as well.
With the dental technology available today, there is always a solution.
Visit your dentist regularly to keep on top of your child’s dental care…as well as to ensure they get professional cleanings and checkups every six months.
We would love to have you as a dental patient at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. Learn more about getting Invisalign in Surrey to have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, as well as other cosmetic dental services, and restorative dentistry. Give us a call today at 604-593-8201.
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