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Friday, May 6, 2016
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
Child`s missing adult teeth
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.
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.
Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University