Congenitally Missing Teeth Abnormalities in Tooth Quantity 3
Patients, sometimes, are congenitally missingteeth. That means, teeth that were never present from birth. Sometimes, patients will havebaby teeth in place, and the permanent teeth that are supposed to come in under them, arenot there. So, in a case like that, we need to make a decision as to whether that babytooth could stay in the mouth and be used as a permanent tooth throughout life. Thatis wonderful when that can happen, and it does happen fairly often. Though, many times,we might have to remove that baby tooth, knowing that the permanent tooth under it is not there,and then guide the other permanent teeth into position and close that space with naturaltooth structure. That is an ideal outcome
if that will work. Sometimes, though, we mayneed to recommend that an implant or a bridge be placed for that missing tooth. And, wego over each case through looking at the records, xrays, and coming up with a treatment planthat will work the best for that particular problem. So, we are checking numbers of teeththat are present, where are they, and what do we need to do to get them in in a perfectalignment.
What to do if your child is missing his or her adult teeth
Hi! I'm Holly Austgen with Southeast FamilyDental and today we are going to talk about children that are missing their adult teeth.As children start losing their teeth, many parents worry about how and when the adultteeth will come in. But what if they haven't come in or you have been told they won'téNow whaté There are many reasons why children will notget their adult teeth. First, it's possible that the child lost their baby tooth too earlyand the adult tooth is not ready to come in. It could also be that the adult tooth doesnot have enough room to come in between the teeth that are already there, or for that,or one other reason, the adult tooth simply
did not form. Treating this problem in children will varybased on why the adult tooth has not come in. For instance, the adult tooth is justnot ready to come in, the dentist may want to place an appliance that will hold the spaceuntil the tooth starts coming through the gums. This treatment prevents the issue ofnot having enough room for the adult tooth to come in. When the adult tooth does nothave room to come in, it becomes more involved and an orthodontist will need to be consultedto move the other teeth in order to make room and in some cases an appliance to pull thetooth through the gums.
And lastly, when an adult tooth has failedto form, there are a few ways to address this. Often, if it's one or two teeth, a patientcan maintain the baby tooth for as long as possible. Very often, if well taken care of,someone can keep their baby tooth long into adulthood and sometimes for life. However,if the baby tooth is lost or needs to be removed, other options can also be discussed. If the missing adult teeth are more than oneor two, this becomes an issue with function and maintenance of the teeth that are there.First, though, if a child is missing multiple adult teeth, a consult with the child's pediatricianis recommended to rule out conditions that
may affect the entire body. A child missing their adult teeth can havea broad range of very straightforward treatments to other conditions that require more involvementwith your dentist. It is important that a child be seen on a regular basis to keep aneye on their adult teeth and how they're coming in. If you have any questions, please give usa call at 3173598000. This is Austgen with Southeast Family Dental, and remember,we can make you smile!.