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Article: Volume 49 Number 4 Page 290 - April 2022

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Restorative dentistry:  Clinical Tips to Improve the Restorative Management of Hypodontia: Part 2

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Abstract: Hypodontia is defined as the developmental absence of one or several teeth. Management of cases of hypodontia can appear to be complex, but many aspects of the treatment could be managed in primary care. This article aims to enhance understanding and improve confidence in managing hypodontia cases in an appropriate way. This article is the second part of a two-part series offering clinical tips to help to improve the restorative management of hypodontia. The prevalence, aetiology, common features and some of the challenges in treating hypodontia cases were discussed in part 1.

Clinical relevance: Many aspects of hypodontia can be managed effectively by interested and experienced GDPs who wish to treat suitable cases, while more complex cases can be referred for management by multidisciplinary teams in secondary care.

Author notes: Kajal B Patel, MChd/BChd, BSc, MFDS RCS (Ed), Dental Core Trainee 2, King’s College Dental Hospital. Julian Woolley, BDS, MFDS RCS (Ed), Dental Core Trainee 1, King’s College Dental Hospital. Martin Kelleher, MSc, FDSRCS, FDSRCPS, FDSRCS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, King’s College Dental Hospital.

Objective: To gain a better understanding of the challenges involved in managing hypodontia and how clinical techniques can mitigate various problems.