Most people have a complete set of thirty-two permanent teeth. If any of these teeth fail to develop fully, it will generally be considered a case of hypodontia. Hypodontia is one of the most common dental abnormality, ranking right up there with double teeth, or having an extra tooth. An examination with a qualified dentist can ascertain the most appropriate treatment for hypodontia.

Several treatment options are available to improve the functionality of the bite and improve the overall cosmetic appearance of their smile. However, some options may not be suitable until your child is in their late teens or entering adulthood. Some of these options are:


There are many ways in which orthodontics can help treat hypodontia. One example would be the closing of a space left by a missing tooth by guiding other teeth into a position to close that gap.

Removable bridge

A removable bridge is another common treatment for hypodontia. This is a combination of a denture and a bridge. These partials can provide stability for the bite as well as a reasonable amount of cosmetic appeal. Your child may feel uncomfortable at first but will adjust to it with time.


An implant is the best solution for missing teeth because of its durability, strength, and cosmetic qualities. However, this method is only viable after your child has ended the growth phase of adolescence.

Composite bridgework

It is a compromise between a fixed bridge and a partial one. A “replacement” tooth is shaped with bonding material and then adhered to the surfaces of the adjacent teeth without removing any of the healthy tooth material from them.

Traditional bridge

A traditional bridge works similar to a removable bridge, bridging gaps between teeth, but unlike partials, it not removable. This is attached directly to the surface of the teeth opposing the gap.

For more information, please reach out to the experts at Pearl Shine Dental. Call us at 281-477-7200