Hereditary and Genetic Dental Abnormalities


People travel to Hungary for dental treatment for a whole range of treatments with dental implants, bridges and crowns being the most popular. The driving force is the cost of such treatment at home compared to having dental treatment in Hungary. It goes without saying that the planned dental treatment in Hungary must be large enough so that the savings made can pay for your flights and accommodation as well as providing an extra saving to make it worth it. It is not as difficult as you may imagine.

When we think of people needing a large amount of dental treatment you tend think that people don’t look after their teeth. In some cases it is true that deterioration is due to a bad lifestyle and lack of hygiene but it is astonishing that people who have a healthy life style, who maintain a high level of dental hygiene quite often need major restorative treatment. It is not uncommon for people who have cared for their teeth to need £20.000 to £30,000 worth of treatment here in the UK. A lot of these patients have inherited problems from one or both parents with the possibility of the problem being worse if you are male if the sex ( X and Y) chromosomes are affected.

Amelogenesis Imperfecta – Weak Teeth

This is where the enamel does not harden properly when the adult teeth are formed. It also affects the amount of enamel that is produced when the adult teeth come through. If the enamel does not mineralise properly or not enough enamel is produced then the adult teeth will be weaker causing sensitivity to temperature and also when eating hard foods. Patients who have this condition will have teeth that will wear down quicker than normal thus causing problems when the upper and lower teeth bite together. Appearance is also a factor as well function. Depending on the severity of the problem the dentist will usually recommend crowns which will encase the existing teeth with porcelain which is a hard material. It is also important that the bite is corrected. If all 28 teeth are crowned then expect to save around £15,000 on a like for like basis in Hungary.

Dentinogenesis Imperfecta – Defective Teeth

Tooth development is affected by altered genes which cause defective formation of the dentin in both baby and adult teeth. Dentin makes up most of your tooth structure. It surrounds the pulp and lies beneath the enamel.

People suffering from this will have weaker teeth than normal and can experience the enamel coming off their teeth. Sensitivity to temperature is mostly experienced as well as problems when the upper and lower jawbone bites together.

Dental Implants seem to have a high failure rate which is a concern and orthodontic treatment may make matters worse. Crowns and dental bridges seem to be the best solution. Root canal treatment is often required as nerves and roots can become infected due to the dentin being defective. Quite often a dentist will insert metal posts in the centre of the tooth to give added strength.

Major restorative dental treatment can be expensive so travelling to Hungary is a serious proposition as prices can be around 60% to 70% lower on average for like or like treatment. As a rule of thumb, dentistry is 3 times high in price in the UK compared to dental treatment in Budapest or elsewhere in Hungary.

Hereditary and Genetic Dental Abnormalities
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