In many instances, when a young child first presents with several missing teeth, the dentist is usually the one who makes the first diagnosis of developmental alopecia. Many families will believe that missing teeth is simply a normal family trait. While seemingly true, the longer you have missing teeth, the more probable it is to also be a component of a more serious genetic disease. The absence of two or more molars in a row can be a good indicator that genetic disorders such as Hip dysplasia and Down syndrome may be present. While these conditions are more common than they are reported, there are still numerous cases of missing teeth which go undiagnosed and untreated, and thus allow the development of cancerous cells within the mouth and body to progress unchecked.
Most people have at least one missing tooth which makes them vulnerable to developing infections if they do not wear dental implants. One common way to detect whether your child may need dental implants is based on the health of their remaining natural teeth. If all of your remaining teeth are healthy, then a visit to the dentist is probably unnecessary. However, if one or more of your remaining teeth has cracks, chips, decay, or any other type of visible deterioration that limits healthy chewing and swallowing, then dental implants may be your best option. For this very reason, you should make a list of all of the teeth that you do not currently need any replacement.
Once you know which teeth are irreplaceable, you should review your family’s medical history. For instance, you should ask any children who have sibling diabetes to have a complete blood test, and then look for evidence of any type of tooth decay, heart disease, or respiratory illness in the bloodline. You may wish to ask relatives who suffer from severe food allergies to have a skin biopsy, or lumbar puncture to rule out fungal or bacterial infections. In many cases, missing one tooth can mean the difference between life and death. Therefore, you need to take care of it as soon as possible.
In addition to knowing which teeth are replaceable, you should also be aware that the treatment options depend on the severity of your missing teeth. At first glance, most dental treatment options for severely missing teeth look similar to the treatment options for normal, healthy teeth. However, there are important differences between the treatment options for missing teeth, especially when it comes to tooth decay or infection. Below is an overview of the most common dental treatment options for severely missing teeth in adults:
There are several different types of tooth decay and the treatments for each vary depending on the type of tooth decay that is present. Tooth decay that develops within the gums will likely require the patient to receive antibiotics. Tooth decay that develops in the bone or other areas of the mouth could result in the replacement of one tooth or a bridge. If the missing teeth are caused by a genetic condition such as genetic alveolar hypertrophy (GAH), then the treatments for this condition will vary based on the severity of the condition.
Teeth loss due to genetic conditions like genetic alveolar hypertrophy and developmental/encephalomalacia are extremely rare. Typically, these are treatments that only dentists can perform. If your missing teeth are caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or infections, your dentist will perform all of the necessary dental care. Depending upon the severity of your genetic condition, your dentist may also be able to perform a surgical procedure to replace one or more missing teeth. There are a few different procedures available to replace one or more missing teeth with results ranging from complete restoration to a partial denture.
As an adult, you have many different dental treatment options available to you. If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to your dentist about the treatment options available to you. Some cosmetic dentistry procedures can be performed at home and some require that you visit your dentist’s office. However, in most cases, if you have one or more missing teeth, you will have to contact your dentist. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination, review your medical history, and perform necessary treatments for you to regain your good appearance.
Many adults suffer from missing teeth, but adults who suffer from this condition are far less common than those who do not. If you have one or more missing teeth, talk to your dentist about what treatment options are available to you. Some cosmetic dentistry procedures are performed only in a dental office and some are performed in a dental laboratory. If your condition requires that you come into the dental office, your dentist will likely be able to perform the required treatment. However, if your condition requires you to come into the dental lab, your dentist may be able to perform the necessary treatment.