Ectodermal Dysplasia is a condition
- Missing teeth at birth
- Misshapen teeth
- A variety of other problems.
One or two abnormal genes cause Ectodermal Dysplasia. It causes varying degrees of severity from a slight malformation to more devastating conditions that can handicap an individual in many ways.
Professor Brånemark has developed a dental implant designed for placement in the Zygoma region of the mouth. This implant was first placed in 1989 and since that time 81 patients have been treated with a success rate of 96.8%.
In modern society, young adults, who have their entire business and social life ahead of them, are most likely to be affected by the psychological problems associated with these kinds of deformities. The psycho-social peer pressure to have a beautiful or handsome appearance also weighs heavy in the academic environment. A distracting appearance due to congenital defects may inhibit normal social interactions and can subconsciously create a negative impact on academic performance.
Rehabilitation of the face of young adults afflicted with congenital problems such as Ectodermal Dysplasia can be successfully treated. Dental implants can be used to support non-removable teeth and bone grafting can fill in areas lacking sufficient bone to create natural looking replacement teeth and an esthetically pleasing smiles.