Interdisciplinary management of nonsyndromic tooth agenesis in the digital age

Amit Punj, Jonathan Yih, Gary S. Rogoff

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Abstract

Background and Overview: Tooth agenesis is the most common congenital condition affecting the oral cavity. This condition can involve single or multiple missing teeth. Severe forms of tooth agenesis are best managed by a team of specialists, as they can be daunting for a single provider. Case Description: As the goal of most patients is to replace missing teeth to improve cosmesis and function, a prosthodontist or restorative dentist plays a major role in the team's effort. Although diagnostic skills and careful planning are still the mainstay of this treatment, digital technology and modern materials can greatly facilitate implementation of the treatment plan. The authors present a case of a patient with nonsyndromic oligodontia who had a deficient occlusal vertical dimension that was treated by means of an interdisciplinary approach. The management included a combination of orthodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics, and oral surgery. Conclusions and Practical Implications: When treating patients with complex congenital tooth anomalies, the prosthodontist or restoring dentist is well positioned to take the lead and orchestrate treatment of the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-328
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Dental Association
Volume152
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • fixed complete denture
  • Interdisciplinary oral health care
  • tooth agenesis
  • zirconia prosthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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