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INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL OF STUDENTS RESEARCH - VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4, January 2015

Pages: 36-39

NON-SYNDROMIC OLIGODONTIA OF PRIMARY AND PERMANENT DENTITION - CLINICAL FEATURES AND EARLY REHABILITATION WITH AN ESTHETIC SPACE MAINTAINER IN AN 8 YEARS OLD PATIENT

Author: Dr. Umber Zahra Syed1 Dr. Arham Nawaz Chohan2

Category: Case Report

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Oligodontia is the congenital absence of six or more than six teeth in either permanent or primary dentition. Because of the missing teeth in these patients esthetic, functional and psychological problems may arise. This article reports a rare case of non-syndromic oligodontia in an 8 year old female patient of Asian origin. A total number of 7 permanent and 6 primary anterior teeth were congentially absent. Psychological stress due to missing teeth was evident in the patient’s behavior. An ‘anterior esthetic space maintainer’ (space maintainer with partial denture) was fabricated to be fixed into the patients mouth to help her achieve better social acceptance. Management of conditions like Oligodontia could be challenging, the key for a successful outcome is early diagnosis and proper treatment planning involving all other concerned specialties. The rehabilitation with an interim prosthesis, like an esthetic space maintainer or removable partial dentures, at an early age and later with osseointegrated implants has shown promising results from the functional and psychological point of view for such cases.

Keywords: oligodontia, hypodontia, severe partial anodontia.

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