Due to the popularity of the Netflix series Stranger Things, attention has been brought to the rare genetic disorder cleidocranial dysplasia that affects the development of teeth and bones. In one of season one’s episodes, Dustin, one of the main characters explains that he had this condition when being bullied about lisp that was caused by his lack of teeth. In real life, Gaten Matarazzo, the young actor who plays Dustin has raised awareness about cleidocranial dysplasia that has affected the development of his teeth.
Effects of Cleidocranial Dysplasia on Teeth
Those with cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) may have skeletal system problems like having short stature, wide nasal bridge, or underdeveloped or no collar bones at all. However, there are also several recognizable dental issues that individuals with this condition might have, including:
- Baby teeth that do not fall out
- Development of extra permanent teeth
- Delay in eruption of permanent teeth
- Abnormal development of dental roots
- A cleft or highly arched palate
Almost all individuals with CCD will have some type of dental abnormality. In Matarazzo’s case, at 15 years of age he still had his baby teeth. He was also born without collar bones. It was a challenge for him to land acting jobs because of his teeth, his distinct lisp, and his wearing of false teeth in the front of his mouth for aesthetic reasons.
Treating Cleidocranial Dysplasia’s Dental Issues
It is important that CCD be caught early in affected children. The earlier it is recognized and treatment of CCD begins, the better the chance is for a favorable outcome, especially for dental health. When treating dental issues related to cleidocranial dysplasia, a comprehensive team approach is often needed, and often includes not only the family dentist, but also:
- Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
Treatment for CCD dental issues can vary. It may be recommended to extract remaining baby teeth or extra teeth. It could be necessary to remove the permanent teeth’s bony covering to facilitate the eruption of permanent teeth. An orthodontist may need to evaluate whether there is a need for orthodontic treatment to ensure proper alignment of your child’s teeth and whether they fit together properly to prevent occlusion issues.
Oso Marguerite Dental Improves Smiles
If your child has cleidocranial dysplasia, you could be facing a host of dental issues. Your child’s dentist and doctors can develop a treatment plan that can help keep your child healthy and help improve their smile. Even if your child does not have any major CCD dental abnormalities, it is still important to pay attention to their dental health. This includes:
- Regular dental checkups
- Brushing teeth twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day
For questions regarding dental treatment in Mission Viejo for cleidocranial dysplasia, contact Oso Marguerite Dental to schedule a consultation for your child.