Southern California Ectodermal Dysplasia Dental Center (SCEDDC)
Ectodermal Dysplasia Dental Treatment
ECTODERMAL DSYPLASIAS are a group of 150 inherited genetic disorders that impair the development of the organs of the skin, i.e. hair, nails, sweat glands and teeth.
Oral characteristics may include missing primary and/or adult teeth; malformed teeth; abnormal tooth eruption; an abnormal tooth-loss sequence; widely spaced teeth; cavity prone teeth; undeveloped ridges in the gum area as well as abnormal tooth growth patterns.
Due to growth and tooth eruption abnormalities, it is recommended that dental treatment begin when an Ectodermal Dysplasia in the oral area is first diagnosed. Dental treatment, including tooth replacement can usually begin at approximately three years of age.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS
Dental prosthesis and/or tooth replacement is very helpful for the progressive development of speech, facial growth and to maintain healthy self-esteem, preventing psychological complications throughout the patient’s maturation.
The dental treatment for a young Ectodermal Dysplasias patient often requires several stages of treatment due to the growing and changing child; the unusual growth patterns and/or missing boney ridges in the gum area and dental structures. This treatment is best served by a Prosthodontist and a Periodontist, who are trained experts that specialize in determining the proper dental treatment sequence for patients with Ectodermal Dysplasias.
The Southern California Ectodermal Dysplasia Dental Center (SDEDDC) in affiliation with the National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasias is a specialized dental treatment center led by Executive Director and Educator, Jillian Grinfeld, Prosthodontist, Dr. Ramin Mahallati and Periodontist, Dr. Alexandre Aalam, whose advanced education, experience and technique specifically serve patients with Ectodermal Dysplasias in the oral cavity and that require complex dental treatment from early childhood (beginning at age 4) throughout adulthood.
For more information about the Southern California Ectodermal Dysplasia Dental Center, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Jillian Grinfeld, who will assist you with any questions or requests at (310) 846-8386.