If you are someone dealing with hypodontia, then this is likely a term with which you’re already very familiar. In short, it means that due to heredity, you have not developed one or several permanent teeth. When teeth fail to grow, you are left with an adult smile with open spaces in it! Of course, this is not ideal, as you’d like your smile to be a feature with all of its teeth, so it’s uniform and beautiful and functional as well. If you have been exploring options to address the openings, you may have come across the potential for choosing dental implants (which provides you so many benefits!). However, you may still have some pressing questions. Allow our Lake Forest, IL practice to guide you through your uncertainty, so you may determine whether implants may be the best choice for you!
Questions and Answers
Question: May I rely on dental implants to replace my teeth that simply never developed? Or, are implants something that are only appropriate for missing teeth that are due to the loss of previously existing natural teeth?
Answer: While we will need to see you to talk about your oral health and to ensure you make a good candidate for implants, this is often the best choice when you’re replacing a missing tooth. Remember that you are not only replacing the part that you can see but also the roots, which provides your smile with many benefits. Existing roots help to protect your jaw health (and they offer you unsurpassable strength and stability for the function of your tooth).
Question: My child has a missing tooth. Can we replace the tooth with a dental implant? I’ve heard that implants aren’t an option until a child is older.
Answer: We may be able to discuss this for individuals 18 years of age and older. However, in most instances, jaw tissue does not stop growing until 18 or even older. The placement of implants is only safe for a jaw that’s done developing. We will need to make a final determination by meeting with individual patients.
Question: Will the dental implant and restoration look like my own, natural tooth that would have developed if I was not someone dealing with hypodontia?
Answer: Of course! We practice artistic dentistry, which means we provide implants and restorations that are not only functional but that also blend beautifully with your smile.
Enjoy A Complete And Beautiful Smile With Implants
Select dental implants with our team to provide yourself with a complete and beautiful smile you can enjoy for your lifetime! Feel free to schedule a visit with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.