WHAT ARE CONGENITALLY MISSING TEETH?
With adequate preventive dental care and a consistently good hygiene routine at home, you can largely prevent the loss of your permanent adult teeth. Some patients, however, may exhibit congenitally missing teeth – meaning permanent teeth that did not develop and erupt properly to begin with. The phenomenon can cause your existing teeth to shift out of alignment, requiring complex orthodontic treatment and, in many cases, tooth replacement (preferably with one or more dental implants).
Replacing Congenitally Missing Teeth
- To examine your oral health and determine the best solution to a congenitally missing tooth, Dr. Everett will utilize technologically advanced digital imaging to gauge the jawbone and periodontal tissues surrounding the area.
- If a primary tooth is still present where the permanent one should be, then extracting the tooth will be necessary. In some cases, extraction can make it possible for your orthodontist to close the space in your smile through appropriate orthodontic treatment.
- If braces are not enough to restore proper occlusion (tooth alignment), then Dr. Everett can recommend a dental implant and provisional restoration in place of the congenitally missing adult tooth.
- If the absence of the permanent tooth has caused significant degeneration of the surrounding alveolar bone, then you might require a bone graft to fortify the area before a dental implant can be placed.
Do You Have Congenitally Missing Teeth?
If you have one or more congenitally missing teeth, then learn how replacing them can improve your smile’s appearance, your bite’s function, and your overall quality of life. To schedule an appointment, email DrEverett@highplainsperio.com, or call our office in Lubbock, TX at 806-686-1262. We offer a free consultation (typically valued at $400) that includes any radiographs Dr. Everett may need for proper diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires.