What Can Be Done about My Congenitally Missing Teeth?
Posted on 3/30/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
Do you have spaces in your mouth that are empty because your permanent teeth simply never grew in? These are known as congenitally missing teeth, and if you have them, you've likely known about it since childhood.
When your baby teeth fell out, your adult teeth simply wouldn't have grown in. For most people, the wisdom teeth are those that are missing, but in other patients, the second premolars or lateral incisors are the ones that fail to grow in. Fortunately, in adulthood, there are ways to replace them if you choose to do so.
Treating Your Congenitally Missing Teeth
The first stage in replacing your congenitally missing teeth should be an evaluation with a periodontist. Your situation needs to be evaluated to determine that the tooth really is congenitally missing. The cause could be injury; illness or genetics could also be a factor. Your overall health status will also be assessed.
If you are found to be healthy, one of the best ways to treat your congenitally missing teeth could be with dental implants, as long as there is enough jawbone remaining to support the implant.
If the jawbone has started to reabsorb, you might need to have a bone graft prior to your implant so that there is adequate bone to accept the metal post. After your implant is put into place, it will fuse to the bone, and once healed, a crown that matches the rest of your teeth will be placed on top.
Unfortunately, dental implants won't be a good option for everyone. If your teeth have grown into the gap left behind by a congenitally missing tooth, there may not be room to support the implant. However, if the overall function and appearance of the rest of your teeth is good, this might not be a problem.
The best way to find out what treatment options are available for you is to give our office a call to set up a consultation.