Hypodontia and Agenesis terms which refer to the condition of development of adult teeth. Hypodontia refers to a lack of one or more teeth. In medicine, agenesis refers to the failure to develop during embryonic growth and development.
Hypodontia is often familial and can also be associated with genetic disorders. Possible causes are genetic, hormonal, environmental and infectious. It is one of the most common anomalies of the human dentition and is characterized by the developmental absence of one or more teeth. Many studies have reported that the prevalence of congenital absence of permanent teeth varies from 3% to 11% among European and Asian populations.
There are several ways to deal with hypodontia (missing teeth). Dentures, partial dentures, bridges and implants can be used to restore the space(s) left by missing teeth. Closing the space will help keep the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and will preserve the patient’s bite. A correct bite helps ensure jaw alignment and prolongs the life of your teeth.
Ask your Bearable Dentistry professional about ways to improve your bite and preserve your teeth by replacing missing teeth.