Dental Implants to Treat Congenital Missing Teeth

By Dr. Damon on January 12, 2016

A woman with bangs smilingIf you are missing teeth as a result of a congenital condition, it can lead to a number of serious health and wellness issues. Thankfully Dr. Clark Damon is a trained implant dentist in Fort Worth who can help address such matters.

Implant dentistry is a great option for people who are missing teeth, whether as a result of a genetic condition or injury. Let's go over congenital tooth loss issues right now.

Problems Caused by Congenital Missing Teeth

For one, missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about the overall appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can cause some serious spacing issues, particularly when the condition is congenital.

In addition to these cosmetic issues, missing teeth can also lead to significant problems with your overall dental health and wellness. Your teeth may not be optimal for biting and chewing since certain teeth have specific tasks to perform. This can lead to dental pain as well as tooth damage over time. In addition, significant gaps between teeth mean that bone loss and gum recession are more likely.

There are varying degree of congenital tooth loss. Let's look at each breifly.

Hypodontia: Congenital Lack of Up to Five Teeth

Hypodontia is a condition in which a person is missing up to five of his or her permanent teeth. The most common missing teeth in these cases (excluding wisdom teeth) are the upper lateral incisors (2%) and lower second premolars (3%).

Oligodontia: Congenital Lack of Six or More Teeth

Ogliodontia is a condition in which a person is missing six or more of the permanent teeth but not all of them. It's estimated that just 1% of the population suffers from this form of congenital tooth loss.

Anodontia: Congenital Lack of All Teeth

Anodontia is a rare condition in which all of the primary or permanent teeth are absent. It's commonly associated with serious skin and nerve conditions known as ectodermal dysplasias.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the jawbone and gum tissue. These posts are able to support dental crowns for individual tooth loss, dental bridges for larger tooth gaps, and even partial or full dentures for major tooth loss.

Good Candidates for Dental Implants

Ideal candidates for dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and are in good overall health to tolerate an oral surgery procedure. They should have sufficient bone density and gum tissue in place where the gap is located in order to support the implant.

Why Dental Implants Are Ideal for These Conditions

In essence, dental implants function as new tooth roots, which means that artificial sets of teeth can be held stably, with a comparable amount of stability similar to natural tooth roots. These dental implants will also help prevent further bone loss and gum recession.

Gum Augmentation and Bone Grafting for Non-Candidates

If a patient has experienced bone loss or gum recession as a result of their congenital tooth loss, it may still be possible to get dental implants. In such cases, an additional grafting procedure for hard and/or soft tissue will need to be performed. This will build up the tissue along the dental arch so it is able to hold an implant in place.

Contact Texas Denture Clinic

If you would like more information about implant dentistry and how it can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile again, be sure to contact our advanced denture clinic today. Dr. Clark Damon and the entire team here will work with you to ensure you get the best treatment possible.

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