External factors, such as gum disease, physical trauma, and dental caries aren’t always why teeth go missing. A small percentage of Americans actually have a condition known as hypodontia. This means that one or more tooth fails to develop altogether. Are hypodontia patients suitable for dental implants?
The cause of hypodontia is unclear, though researchers believe it involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The condition is more prevalent among females. Children born with a below-average birth weight are also at risk. People with hypodontia may miss anywhere from one to five permanent teeth.
A similar and more severe condition known as oligodontia also exists in which patients may be missing six or more. Even more rare is anodontia, where all primary or permanent teeth fail to develop.
Lack of wisdom tooth development is actually quite common, affecting 25% to 35% of the population. Missing wisdom teeth do not constitute hypodontia. The condition refers to all other teeth, including missing primary teeth and upper lateral incisors (teeth adjacent to the two frontal teeth). It also includes upper and lower second premolars (fourth teeth from the back).
Not having teeth affects dental health regardless of whether hypodontia or gum disease led to the tooth loss. Missing molars affect bone growth due to lack of stimulation from chewing. Absent teeth also create a gap, putting adjacent teeth at risk of drifting towards the empty space.
Our advice for hypodontia patients is simple: see a dentist for dental implants. Contact 1895 Dental Implants to make an appointment with any one of our participating dentists. A consultation will determine whether you are a viable candidate. Dental implants for hypodontia restore normal teeth function and overall oral health.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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