Rare genetic condition leads way to child dentures
Parents know the signs when their baby is teething: drooling and putting objects in their mouths. A rare genetic condition--which causes children to permanently miss some or all of their teeth--could initially go unnoticed by parents.Posted — Updated
Four-year-old Madelynn Gore began visits with Dr. Timothy Wright, a pediatric dentist at UNC Hospitals, after her two side molars arrived, without the presence of her front baby teeth.
“He [Wright] said, ‘Oh gosh, I’m not sure if she has any teeth up there,’” said Gore’s mother, Ladema.
Madelynn Gore has a genetic disorder called ectodermal dysplasia, which affects development or function of teeth, hair, nails and sweat glands.
“In her case, most of it is really related to her tooth formation,” Wright said.
In the gaps where teeth never sprouted, Madelynn Gore has special dentures.
“Two things human beings focus on when they look at someone is their eyes and their mouth,” Wright said. “So, having a smile in our society is pretty important.”
Gore will have to get new dentures as she grows over the next 10 to 15 years. When she stops growing, Wright said she would be a good candidate for dental implants.