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Dentistry for People with Ectodermal Dysplasias

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ectodermal Dysplasias (ED) are described as "heritable conditions in which there are abnormalities of two or more ectodermal structures, such as the hair, teeth, nails, sweat glands, cranial-facial structure, digits and other parts of the body. Children born with conditions which result in multiple missing teeth or total anodontia need early intervention to improve function and esthetics of their oral cavity.

Abnormalities in the development of tooth buds frequently result in congenitally absent teeth or in the growth of teeth that are peg-shaped or pointed; the enamel may also be defective. Cosmetic dental treatment is almost always necessary and children may need dentures as early as two years of age. Multiple denture replacements are often needed as the child grows, and dental implants may be an option in adolescence. In other cases, teeth can be crowned or orthodontic treatment may be necessary.

Dr. Courey and his team have successfully restored the smiles of many people who live with Ectodermal Dysplasias. Denture fabrication and esthetic bonding are done for preschoolers. Continuous follow-up care and prosthetic replacement allows for functional dentitions and esthetic smiles throughout the growing years. Because the dental treatment is complex, Dr. Courey uses a multi-disciplinary approach to successfully treat children and adults with Ectodermal Dysplasias, providing them with functional and beautiful smiles that enhance their lives.

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