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Missing permanent teeth

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Posted by: rocky956  (9 years ago)
I brought my five-year-old daughter at the dentist today for teeth cleaning. She had panoramic x-ray and I was told that she only has four permanent teeth on top. All of her other teeth are missing. Is this common? What treatment would fit her once her baby teeth will fall out? Does anyone have any information? Thanks in advance.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
I brought my five-year-old daughter at the dentist today for teeth cleaning. She had panoramic x-ray and I was told that she only has four permanent teeth on top. All of her other teeth are missing. Is this common? What treatment would fit her once her baby teeth will fall out? Does anyone have any information? Thanks in advance.

Well, this most likely has to do with your daughter's genes. Congenitally missing teeth are pretty uncommon in a way that it affects only about 2-5% of the population. I'm not sure if anybody in your family has the same but a hereditary link is almost always a given in such cases.

Anyway, this is nothing for you to worry about. All it takes is some proper planning, managing and following through with your dentists (orthodontist, prosthodontist) over the course of time and your daughter could have a functional set of teeth by the time she turns an adult. Once there, implants are great alternatives to missing teeth and they can be implemented when her growth stabilizes (17-18 years). After which, an orthodontic treatment should help align and tighten the spaces.
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Posted by: Manchy  (9 years ago)
I think nowadays it is really about keeping teeth for as long as possible. Yes I agree once ur daughter has turned 18 then she can have some sort of advanced treatment like implants and braces. The thing with baby teeth missing an adult tooth underneath is the possibility of that tooth to last for as long as it could, some people retain their baby teeth till they are 40. The concept behind that is the reason why baby teeth fall is the pressure from the adult teeth below causing the root to be eaten away and by time baby teeth looses support become wobbly and fall off. If this was my daughter, I would really aim to keep her teeth as healthy as possible for them to last as long as they can by following the advised brushed regime and restricting her sugary intakes in diet (and following ur dentist advice on that ). Of course they might look a bit smaller once her adult teeth fully come through but these could be sorted out with simple filling.
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