It sometimes happens as children grow: they lose their baby teeth, only to find that some of their permanent teeth never grow in. As a result, their remaining teeth shift to unnatural positions to compensate for the change, and the patient may experience trouble speaking or eating normally. Thanks to new developments in orthodontic treatment and implant technology, Dr. Wagner can help substitute those missing teeth with dental implants.
Congenitally missing teeth, also known as hypodontia, is when certain teeth in your mouth, most likely permanent teeth, are missing or never grow in. There’s a lot of complexity when it comes to forming a tooth, from tissues to nerve signals. One small mutation can cause the tooth to never form, and therefore never erupt. The patient is left with gaps in their smile, and the remaining teeth often shift to compensate for the changing bite pressure. This can leave the patient feeling self-conscious about their appearance, or having trouble eating or speaking.
Implants are already used to help patients who lose teeth, so why not use it for patients who are already missing teeth? Some patients may also need some orthodontic treatments to help shift the teeth into proper position, but once this is completed, Dr. Wagner can place dental implants where your missing teeth should be.
Dental implants can not only help reform a proper smile, but they have bonus health benefits as well, such as reducing the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Dental implants undergo osseointegration when they’re placed, and this triggers the jawbone to heal and regenerate. Dental implants are also artificial, so they won’t be susceptible to common tooth ailments like decay (cavities).
There is more than one type of implant that can be used to help replace your congenitally missing teeth. There’s individual dental implants, which can be placed and ready for a restoration in the same day (although Dr. Wagner will not create your restoration). For more than one congenital missing tooth, we can also supply implant-supported bridges to fill in those larger gaps.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner of The Wagner Centre has long been known to help patients with congenitally missing teeth in the Chambersburg, PA area and beyond. She understands that missing teeth in this way can make a patient feel less confident in their appearance and can affect the function of their mouth when speaking or eating. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wagner and see how dental implants can help complete your smile.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Monday: 9AM – 3PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 2PM
Wednesday: 10AM – 6PM
Thursday: 10AM – 5PM
Friday: 7AM – 3PM