Some adults suffer from missing or undeveloped teeth that just don’t grow, the medical term for this is hypodontia. Hypodontia is not uncommon; around 5% of the population are affected by it to some degree. It’s usually hereditary but some people are the only people in their family to have the condition. People who have hypodontia, can have one missing teeth or many, they usually notice that they have gaps in between their teeth or still have their baby teeth when they should have already fallen out. In addition, some people may have some small or ‘pointy’ teeth present where normal adult teeth should be.
What Can I Do About Hypodontia?
Some people just choose to accept that they have teeth missing, and don’t feel the need for treatment, this is usually common when the missing teeth are at the back of the mouth. However, there are some dental treatments that can be used to treat the condition, including braces to close up the gaps between teeth. Alternatively, braces can be used to make gaps bigger so that teeth replacement methods such as: dentures, dental bridges or dental implants can be used to fill the gaps. Ralston Dental And Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester says that your dentist would discuss these options with you to decide which is most beneficial and suitable to you.
Dental implants are a convenient and permanent way to replace the missing teeth caused by hypodontia. Implants are titanium screws, that are planted into the jaw and capped with a porcelain crown. Dental implants look totally natural and will easily blend in with your existing teeth. You can have implants to replace one tooth, or a number of teeth so, they are an ideal option for fitting in the gaps between your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, implants can not be taken out, or fall out of the mouth, so there is no worry about potentially mislaying them or embarrassment about them falling out. Dental implants are popular with people wanting to replace missing teeth to improve their appearance and are sometimes used alongside cosmetic dentistry to totally transform a person’s smile.