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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Child`s missing adult teeth

02/24/2006

Question:

On a recent visit to our dentist, an x-ray has revealed that my seven year old daughter has only 6 adult teeth.A consultant has said that she will need implants at around 16-17 years of age but I have read about jaw bone receeding if teeth are missing. I am extremely concerned over this and would like to know the options available for her treatment.

Answer:

Most importantly, your daughter should be examined by a pediatric dentist who will help determine why she is missing so many teeth and who will explain treatment alternatives.  Children with a condition known as ectodermal dysplasia frequently have missing teeth, and this should be ruled out.  Most authorities recommend that dental implants be delayed until a child's jaws have completed growing, but your daughter can be fitted with partial dentures until implants are possible.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University