Dr. Alison Kudish and Dr. Mark Conlon offer treatments for congenital and developmental defects. There are a number of different defects which may impact your or your child’s ability to eat, speak and smile, and we will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help improve your oral health and quality of life. To learn more about dental treatments for congenital defects in Trumbull, Connecticut, call Trumbull Dental Arts today at 203-377-0638.
Congenital defects are disorders that occur while a baby is developing, often during the first three months of pregnancy. Most congenital defects occur as a result of inherited or spontaneous genetic mutations, though some occur as a result of environmental factors such as infections, drug or alcohol use, nutritional deficiencies or medical conditions.
Common congenital disorders which may require dental treatment include:
- Cleft lips or palates — A cleft lip or palate is when there is an incomplete fusion of the lip or of the root of the mouth, leading to a small gap in the lips or a small gap in the roof of the mouth leading into the nasal cavity.
- Anodontia or hypodontia — Both these terms refer to when one or more permanent teeth fail to develop. This condition is typically treated using dentures or dental implants.
- Malocclusion — Also known as a bad bite, this may be caused by overcrowded teeth, missing teeth or a misaligned jaw. Untreated malocclusion may also lead to the development of TMJ disorders.
- Periodontal disease — Gum disease may be caused by a number of factors, including genetic factors, making regular dental visits during pregnancy as well as for young children incredibly important.