8 doctors weighed in:
How common is it for a child to have their canines congenitally missing?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Uncommon
True agenesis of canines is not common.
Whatever happens more regularly is the impaction of canines either delaying or preventing their eruption into the mouth. It is also more common for people to have congenitally missing lateral incisors. A visit to the dentist will determine if the canines are truly missing. They can confirm it with an xray. Good luck.

In brief: Uncommon
True agenesis of canines is not common.
Whatever happens more regularly is the impaction of canines either delaying or preventing their eruption into the mouth. It is also more common for people to have congenitally missing lateral incisors. A visit to the dentist will determine if the canines are truly missing. They can confirm it with an xray. Good luck.
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very Rare
Although I do not have statistics, very, very rare.

In brief: Very Rare
Although I do not have statistics, very, very rare.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: See a surgeon
See an ENT surgeon or plastic surgeon if the scar is over a year old.
Even if it is not a year old, sometimes injections or laser treatments will help it heal better.

In brief: See a surgeon
See an ENT surgeon or plastic surgeon if the scar is over a year old.
Even if it is not a year old, sometimes injections or laser treatments will help it heal better.
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: No, sorry
Sorry, but there is nothing to drink that will smooth out facial scars.
If they haven't improved after a year, then you should see a dermatologist or facial surgeon for consultation as to what the treatments are.

In brief: No, sorry
Sorry, but there is nothing to drink that will smooth out facial scars.
If they haven't improved after a year, then you should see a dermatologist or facial surgeon for consultation as to what the treatments are.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Experienced surgeon
See a facial plastic surgeon or general plastic surgeon who does a lot of cleft lip surgery and get an opinion about what can be realistically expected from scar revision.
Sometimes laser or steroid injections can do wonders.

In brief: Experienced surgeon
See a facial plastic surgeon or general plastic surgeon who does a lot of cleft lip surgery and get an opinion about what can be realistically expected from scar revision.
Sometimes laser or steroid injections can do wonders.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Lateral incisors common
It is very common to be missing the adult lateral incisors.
Many people have this.

In brief: Lateral incisors common
It is very common to be missing the adult lateral incisors.
Many people have this.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry
In brief: Not common
Canines are more frequently impacted rather than missing.
Your dentist can confirm with a panoramic x-ray. Most common teeth to be congenitally missing are third molars (wisdom teeth) and premolars (bicuspids). It is possible for a canine to be congenitally missing, just not common.

In brief: Not common
Canines are more frequently impacted rather than missing.
Your dentist can confirm with a panoramic x-ray. Most common teeth to be congenitally missing are third molars (wisdom teeth) and premolars (bicuspids). It is possible for a canine to be congenitally missing, just not common.
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dr. Kyle Shank
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