Most children have 20 baby teeth, which will eventually fall out and be replaced with 32 adult teeth. Sometimes, the right number of adult teeth doesn't develop. Children may develop too many adult teeth, while others won't develop enough. Children that don't develop enough teeth have a condition called hypodontia. Here's what you need to know about it.
What is hypodontia?
Hypodontia is a condition where children have congenitally missing adult teeth.
Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth in the mouth. Although they may sound maintenance-free—since they are not made of bone—they are not. In fact, in order to maintain your new dental implants you must practice a high-level of oral hygiene.
If you don't know how to properly care for your dental implants, use these four tips to help you get started:
1. Brush Daily
Like natural teeth, your implants require daily brushings.
Up until the 1980s, many dentists who discovered periodontal disease in one of their patients held back on treating them and instead referred them to a periodontist, to make sure the soft tissues and surrounding areas of the mouth would be kept safe and healthy. Periodontal surgery often improved the health of the mouth, but had unwanted side effects such as root exposure and increased tooth sensitivity. Since the mid 1980s, however, soft tissue management has become a favorite among dentists and periodontal professionals, because it avoids surgery and treats just a portion of the oral cavity at a time.
If you have been told you have gingivitis, you will want to do whatever necessary to reverse the process before it progresses. There are a few ways you can battle this beginning of gum disease, under the direction of your dentist. If your gingivitis has one on to the next level, periodontal disease, you will also have some options in treatment. Here are some of the ways dentists will recommend you do if you have gingivitis or periodontal disease.
According to the experts, nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are thinking of investing in a dental implant to replace your own missing tooth, it is important that you take the time to fully understand the process. In order to properly place an implant, your dentist needs a solid base of bone. If you don't have enough bone to complete the implant procedure, your dentist will probably perform a bone graft first to help supplement your existing bone.