Our genes determine a lot about our oral health. Some patients are predisposed to congenital tooth decay and eventual loss. Unfortunately, by being genetically predisposed to these complications, there are no preventive measures to stop or reverse the loss. There is a multitude of solutions that your dentist can offer that will help create and maintain your smile’s full array of function and esthetics.
What is Congenital Tooth Loss?
Dental professionals confirm that tooth decay and tooth loss can be a combination of genetic factors and poor oral hygiene. Congenital tooth loss happens to patients because of their family medical and dental history, and not solely due to lack of preventive care. These hereditary conditions can cause oral complications in a variety of ways, affecting the health of the teeth, gums, and jawbone.
What Genetic Factors Can Lead to Decay and Tooth Loss?
There are hereditary complications we can get from our parents. Being born into a family that has softer tooth enamel leaves a patient vulnerable to decay, because the harder the tooth enamel, the harder it is for cavities to form. Enamel hypoplasia is also a hereditary disorder that causes inconsistency in the formation of the enamel, which makes the tooth more susceptible to problems.
One’s ability to metabolise foods that contain nutrients such as calcium and potassium can have an effect as well. Without being able to garner any benefit from these, maintaining healthy teeth can become that much more difficult. Additionally, genetics can cause a patient to have or develop certain allergies that prevent them from eating the nutritious food that aids in healthy function.
Genetics can also cause teeth not to develop at all, a condition called anodontia. Additionally, teeth can fail to develop fully, resulting in the need for extraction.
Can My Missing or Lost Teeth be Replaced?
Those who practice proper oral health care but still suffer from congenital tooth loss have a solution available. If the teeth are missing, a dentist can place dental implants that support a restoration to allow for proper function and stability. If the teeth didn’t fully erupt, they can be extracted and have an implant placed after the area has completely healed.
Visit Us in Okotoks Today
It can be frustrating to still suffer from decay and tooth loss when practicing good preventive care. At Village Lane Dental Centre in Okotoks, our friendly and professional staff can help improve the look, function, and stability of your teeth when negatively affected because of genetics. Call us today to set up an appointment!