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Article: Volume 41 Number 9 Page 811 - November 2014

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Restorative dentistry:  Hypodontia: Aesthetics and Functions Part 1: Aetiology and the Problems

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Abstract: Patients with hypodontia present clinical challenges in relation to function and aesthetics. In this two part series we will explore the clinical features of hypodontia in part 1 and will move on to discuss the inter-disciplinary management of hypodontia in part 2.

Clinical relevance: Hypodontia can cause functional and aesthetical concerns.

Author notes: Nichola Lush, BDS, MFDS MClinDent, MPaed, FTTA in Paediatric Dentistry, Richard Holliday, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed), ACF/StR in Restorative Dentistry, Jonathan Chapple, BDS, MFDS, MSc, MOrth, FDS(Orth), Consultant in Orthodontics, Francis Nohl, MBBS, BDS, MSc, FDS RCS, MRD RCS DDS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Ben Cole, BDS, MSc, FDS RCS, MPaedDent RCS, FPaed RCS, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4BW, UK.

Objective: To understand the clinical implications of hypodontia and be aware of management strategies.