Born That Way - Missing Teeth At Any AgeThursday, June 28th, 2012, 5:39 pm
Can you be born with missing teeth? Certainly it is not something we see every day but not having all 32 adult teeth is not uncommon. In fact missing one or more teeth is probably our most common congenital defect affecting almost 20% of us.
The most common missing teeth are wisdom teeth. This is not a bad thing because most of us end up having our four wisdom teeth removed at some point in our lives. Wisdom teeth often grow in crooked (impacted) and need to be removed. Even when wisdom teeth erupt correctly they are difficult to keep clean and often develop serious decay which requires their removal. Of course, a few unlucky folks actually have more than four wisdom teeth!
More than five percent of us lack one or more second premolars or lateral incisors. Proper orthodontic care can make sure that children who are born without these teeth have a proper healthy bite. More common than missing lateral incisors are cases where these teeth are “small” or peg shaped. These patients often ask for a more “normal” looking smile. Cosmetic dentistry allows us to give these patients the beautiful smile they have always dreamed of.
Scientists are still unsure why some people are born with missing or extra teeth. Genetics does play a role in many cases but probably not all. The good news is that modern dentistry including orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry can ensure that your smile is healthy, functional and beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you were “born this way” smile-wise, what matters is what YOU want your smile to say about you.
For more information about cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments for changing your smile please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your consultation.