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Hypodontia or congentially missing teeth
Does anyone have experience with this?

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#1 sedawson

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:31 PM

My 9-yr-old has just had x-rays and turns out he's missing four adult teeth completely - two top and two bottom front teeth. They were never present and will never appear. I had no idea this was a thing! Will be seeing orthodontist and I presume they will either whack some braces on to preserve enough room for implants in early adulthood, or try to move the remaining teeth closer together. Either way I'm not thrilled...

No one wants their child to have dental problems, right? Does anyone have any experience with hypodontia that they can discuss with me? I'd be really happy to hear them if so.

#2 ~flaxen~

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:44 PM

I will be watching this. DS2 is missing one baby tooth and according to the one dental visit we have had  blush.gif is missing the corresponding adult tooth as well. There was some talk of pulling another tooth on the other side to even things up and then braces. We are seeing a different dentist again in a few weeks time for a checkup so will see what they say.

#3 mandala

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:45 PM

I think it's not uncommon. I only had three wisdom teeth, and I know a couple of other people with missing wisdom teeth too. It's probably different with wisdom teeth, though!

#4 leo the lioness

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

One of DD's friends has four adult teeth missing as well.  Was only just talking to her mum about it on Tuesday!  Her mum was saying they are going for braces at the moment and she will need implants down the track.

#5 morgansacre

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

I have four adult teeth missing....in fact this runs in my family, all my children have one or more teeth missing.

Three DDs have only three wisdom teeth, I have only had two, both fell out.

I never knew there was an actual name for it, but it is very common.


#6 **Xena**

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

I have 4 missing teeth. 3 baby teeth have fallen out now and I still have one left that has no adult tooth to grow into the space.

It's very often hereditary.

#7 Amy 1976

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

I have 8 teeth naturally missing. The ones next to my front teeth, two top molars and all four wisdom teeth.

I had orthodontic work as a teen in the early 1990's and, as was usual at the time, I had two more teeth pulled out on the bottom to even things up and everything was sort of pushed forward to close the gaps.

Two baby teeth (molars) were left in place on the top. These eventually had to be pulled out when I was 30 years old.

I now wear a partial denture on top to fill the gaps where the baby teeth came out. I could replace this with two dental implants if I wanted to.

My teeth look great and the missing teeth haven't caused any problems.

These days I believe it's more common to leave all existing teeth in place and make space for dental implants when doing orthodontic work.

It will be expensive but your sons teeth will end up looking great and will work as well as anyone else's.

#8 happygurl06

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:22 PM

I had six baby teeth with no adult teeth to come through.  4 are molars and two are the top canines .  So far I've lost two molars due to decay, and one canine that we keep capping.  The others we keep an eye on... At the sight if any decay the dentist cleans and fills.  Apparently they prefer not to do root canal in then that's why the two that decayed too much had to be extracted.

The canines I'm hoping last because for my vanity I'd want implants if they had to be extracted and that a lotta $$$.

#9 Cirrus

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:24 PM

Has he lost the baby ones yet? I found out through xrays that I was missing two adult teeth under baby teeth, but those baby teeth never fell out. In Uni years I had them removed at the same time as wisdom teeth and I think one may have started to wobble a bit before that.
Then once the gums had totally healed, I had implants put in which was a series of appointments over maybe 6 months, and about $10,000 I think (no private health insurance). I wonder(doubt) if they would do implants in a jaw that was still growing as the screws bond to the bone and the teeth are designed to match your other adult teeth in colour etc. Implants are great and will last a lifetime without smoking and good dental hygiene.

#10 Pretz

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

I never had any wisdom teeth at all-Yay!

This was in interesting thread- I never knew so many people didn't get all of their adult teeth!

#11 Escapin

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

I've had 8 removed (4 wisdom and 4 molars) due to my studiply small mouth so missing a few naturally sounds great to me! Probably not so much when it's you or your kid though...

#12 BreezaH

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

No wisdom teeth either here!

#13 Bluestocking

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

I have one missing adult tooth. Luckily its a molar so can't be seen.

I had it capped when I was about 15 to make it the size of an adult tooth.

I'm now 26 and have been told the roots are very short on it and it was supposed to fall out by christmas. Its still hanging on though, not at all wobbly.

I've been recommended the implant over other options but find the price very off putting. I'm leaning towards having a gap and doing nothing!

Edited by Excentrique, 24 January 2013 - 08:35 PM.

#14 little lion

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

My cousin had this. I forget how many teeth it was but they were important ones (not just wisdom teeth). After braces and implants (titanium screws I think) as a teenager, he has really amazing teeth now as an adult.

#15 **Xena**

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

Oh I also didn't get wisdom teeth!

#16 SUSIE25

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

I have heard its hereditary too. My tooth on the right side of my front teeth is like this. no adult tooth was coming. I had braces for 3.5yrs and the implant done about 1 yr ago.
Not cheap but worth it as they were a front tooth. I was in my mid 30s when I started treatment.

Edited by SUSIE25, 24 January 2013 - 08:50 PM.

#17 SusieGreen

Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:33 PM

My 6 yr old does not have the teeth either side of her top front ones (eye teeth?) It is quite noticeable. Youngest son is missing one of his and eldest son has them but they are very, very small and will need to be capped. I also did not have one of mine. My niece has one missing as well as a tiny one. Definitely genetic in our family.
At this stage I'm not sure what will be done for the youngest. Eldest currently has braces and will have caps after they come off.

#18 jazzpup

Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:45 PM

I have just one baby tooth, it has survived with no capping, no braces or implants and only one filling.
I am 40 and it is still hanging in there!!!
Wait and see what the dentist has to say, with me they took the option of wait and see...
Still waiting for something to happen..............
Every one is different, so try not to panic just yet!!

#19 AMPSyd

Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:12 AM

DS (aged 11) has this - 3 missing adult teeth.

At the moment he has plates to correct an overbite (which is working really well). When he is in High school he orthodontist will look at braces and implants.

I have not heard of anyone on wither side of the family with this problem.

#20 sedawson

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

With those who've had braces for their kids, is anyone interested in telling us roughly how much that cost? I'm feeling a bit glum about the money to be frank, but I can't have my son with poor teeth. What happens if you don't have the money up front? Do they let you pay it off?

#21 AMPSyd

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

I don't know about braces but my son's plates cost $2500 (or thereabouts). I paid an up front payment of around $900 and the rest in instalments of $150 per month. I would say most orthodontists would do a payment plan like this.

#22 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:24 PM

I only ever had 1 wisdom tooth. I know of someone who never had adult teeth at all but as the adult teeth never pushed them out of the way she still has them all (20's I believe).

#23 SusieGreen

Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE (sedawson @ 25/01/2013, 10:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With those who've had braces for their kids, is anyone interested in telling us roughly how much that cost? I'm feeling a bit glum about the money to be frank, but I can't have my son with poor teeth. What happens if you don't have the money up front? Do they let you pay it off?

$6300 for top and bottom braces for my DS. Had to make an initial payment of $1200 and then $800 every 3 months.

I'm a single parent and his dad wouldn't contribute ANYTHING so I understand your 'glumness'  It's a huge expense  sad.gif

#24 123tree

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

I am an identical twin.  My sister was missing her wisdom teeth but I got them despite the fact we are supposed to be genetically the same.

As for prices on braces we both had them but because my teeth were more crooked than hers I know my braces cost at least $1000 more (20 years ago) plus surgery on the roof of my mouth.  So what I am saying is that asking people how much braces cost may be the same as asking how long is a piece of string.

#25 SnazzyFeral

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

i don't know if this will help you but being a member of smile has saved me money. It is $150 per year per family and we have already made the membership fee back in savings over the cost of a crown.  http://www.smile.com.au/

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