Oligodontia is a rare dental condition that affects the development of permanent teeth in a person’s mouth. The condition is classified by an absence of six or more teeth. At Ozark Prosthodontics, we specialize in providing the best care and treatment possible for those suffering from oligodontia by rebuilding the smile and securely re-establishing proper dentition.

Read on to learn more about what causes oligodontia and how our Fayetteville, AR team of specialists can help.

What Is Oligodontia?

Oligodontia is a condition in which the development of permanent teeth is hampered due to an abnormal genetic composition. The primary indication of this condition is an absence of six or more permanent teeth, excluding the wisdom teeth. While teeth can be lost over the years in a number of ways, oligodontia refers to patients who never developed the teeth in the first place; while this condition can exist on its own, it most often occurs in conjunction with other ectodermal abnormalities.

The exact cause of oligodontia is unknown but has been linked to a mutation in the genes that influence tooth development. This includes:

  • MSX1
  • AXIN2
  • PAX9
  • LTBP3
  • WNT10A
  • EDA

This gene mutation could be inherited or acquired over time due to environmental factors—such as drugs, toxins, and radiation. Additionally, these genetic mutations may be caused by a number of health conditions, such as:

  • Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED)
  • Odonto-onycho-dermal dysplasia (OODD)
  • Schopf-Schulz-Passarge syndrome (SSPS)

A person suffering from oligodontia may experience a number of oral health issues in addition to cosmetic concerns. In particular, these problems include the following:

  • Inability to speak properly 
  • Eating difficulties 
  • Inadequate jaw development 
  • Poor self-esteem due to an aesthetically unpleasant smile

Treatment At Ozark Prosthodontics

At Ozark Prosthodontics, we understand the difficulties associated with this condition and are dedicated to providing comprehensive and individualized treatment for patients suffering from oligodontia. Our team of specialists in Fayetteville, AR will work with patients to find solutions that fit their particular needs thereby dependably restoring their oral function. Overall, our goal is to rebuild the smile through methods that are truly suitable for patients with this condition.

Depending on the severity of the condition, our team may recommend either dental implants or dental bridges.

Why Choose Ozark Prosthodontics?

When it comes to treating oligodontia, the number one goal should be to start by finding the right treatment. We understand how important it is to set patients up for success by delivering a restorative treatment that will last. At Ozark Prosthodontics, we provide the highest quality of care possible and only use restorations that fit the patient’s condition and set them up for long-term function.

If you are looking for a specialist in Fayetteville, AR to help treat your oligodontia condition, contact us today.

Dysplasia / Oligodontia

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