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Monday, December 9, 2013
Dental and Oral Health (Children)
Missing one upper lateral incisor
My daughter is now 18 months and she is avery helthy child. However she is missing her upper left lateral incisor. She got the other 3 already and 4 molars. Is it possible that she will get it later or she will not get it at all. Will she miss her permanent one as well?
Thanks for your question. There is a possibility that your daughter is in fact missing her lateral incisor - the overall prevalence for congentially missing teeth ranges from 1-3% of the total population. This could only be confirmed by an Xray evaluated by a dentist. Studies suggest a strong relationship between missing baby teeth and subsequent missing permanent teeth, some studies suggesting the correlation in as high as 100% of examined cases. Have your daughter in a good dental home with a dentist who can track her dental development. Also, treatment planning at later ages is a key to management of missing teeth and resulting orthodontic - spacing issues.
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University