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Is a Genetically Missing Tooth a Problem?


Posted on 4/30/2019 by Laura Epifano
Is a Genetically Missing Tooth a Problem?Occasionally we see a child in our office that is missing a tooth as a result of genetics. Anodontia is the absence of one or more primary or secondary teeth; most commonly the upper lateral incisors are the teeth that are congenitally missing.

If the tooth is missing as a result of heredity or congenitally, then does it pose a problem for your child's oral health and development? The answer is yes, and today we're going to look at why it's a potential problem and what we can do to correct it.

Closing The Gaps In Teeth


When we see a child who is missing the upper lateral incisors, we notice the extra spacing in the mouth. While this may seem like a minor issue, it can be a complication. Too much space in the mouth can mean that the adult teeth shift and grow in crooked. This has a negative effect not only on the aesthetics of your child's smile, but missing teeth can lead to bone deterioration and eventual loss.

Treatment can come in a few different forms if your child has anodontia. The first option is closing the gaps and essentially replacing the lateral incisors with your child's canine teeth. If your child has minimal space between the upper teeth, orthodontics can slowly shift the teeth together closing the gaps. This approach eliminates the need for bridges and implants.

Another option is shifting the canines over and making space where the lateral incisor should have been and restoring it with either a bridge or dental implants. This also is done with orthodontics and takes time, but is worth it to restore a smile.

Whatever you as a parent decide, we are here to help you. Give our office a call today and set up a consultation and a checkup for your child and together we can ensure that your child's oral health is in the best possible shape!
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