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Prosthetic rehabilitation of a 7 year old child with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia.


Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia is a rare genetic disorder characterized by faulty development of ectodermal structure. (2) Freire-Maia (3) defined ectodermal dysplasia as any syndrome that demonstrated at least two of the following features: trichodysplasia (abnormal hair), hypodontia / anodontia (abnormal dentition), palmoplantar hypohidrosis (abnormal or missing sweat glands), onychodysplasia (abnormal nails). Ectodermal dysplasia is a relatively rare disorder, with a frequency varying between 1:10,000 and 1:1,00,000 live births and is more frequent in males. (4) These patients present with a soft, smooth, thin dry skin. (5)

Diminished or missing sweat glands cause heat intolerance and hyperpyrexia. The sebaceous glands may also be diminished or totally absent. Spoon shaped nails may be seen in rare cases. Xerostomia may occur when there is hypoplasia of salivary glands. Some cases may demonstrate a high palatal arch or even a cleft palate. (6) Most reported cases have dealt with oligodontia. The teeth when present often have conical crowns.


A 7 year old girl presented with complaint of missing teeth to the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry. She came with her father who gave history of uneruption of deciduous teeth except for two teeth in the upper jaw which were erupted at 3 years of age. On general examination, her hair was fine, sparsely distributed, thinly covering the scalp and the skin was found to be fine smooth and dry, and nails revealed no abnormality. She had characteristic facies with prominence of frontal and temporal regions of the scalp, saddle nose, large ears (megalo--pinna), protuberant lips and depressed central portion of face.

Cutaneous examination revealed thin sparsely distributed hair over the scalp and eyebrows. There was hyper pigmentation on the nose and around the eyes. There was no history of consanguinity among parents and none of the family members had history of missing teeth. The parents gave a medical history of repeated respiratory tract infections and also about heat intolerance at elevated temperatures.

Intra oral examination revealed bone atrophy of maxillary and mandibular alveolar ridges. Mandibular arch was completely edentulous and maxillary arch had two short, conical, pointed right and left primary canines (Fig. 1).


Prosthetic rehabilitation in children with HED depends on the degree of anodontia. In complete anodontia the treatment would comprise of complete dentures (7), either conventional or implant supported. In patients with partial anodontia, removable/fixed partial dentures and overdentures (8) may be considered. (9)

The parents were explained the line of treatment which consisted of lower complete and upper partial acrylic prosthesis using steel retainers on the teeth present and also about the existing maxillary primary canines. This design allows modification to be made as and when necessary as well as providing reasonable esthetic result, an acceptable masticatory function on complementing the lack of dentition.

The child was familiarized with the materials to be used in the first appointment. In the second appointment, two primary canines which were conical in shape were built in the shape of permanent canines using light cure composite resin in order to place the retainers of the partial denture and also to simulate the teeth which were placed in the prosthesis (Fig. 2). Impressions were made using reversible hydrocolloid for the lower arch and irreversible hydrocolloid for the upper arch and casts were poured with dental stone. A wax spacer was adapted over the non-stress bearing areas especially where the ridges were thin and sharp. Acrylic custom trays were prepared. The acrylic trays were then border moulded using green sick compound and the final impressions were made using Zinc Oxide Eugenol impression paste.

Occlusal rims were fabricated. The maxillary rim was adjusted for the lip support, esthetics and phonetic requirement. The mandibular rim was next adjusted and the jaw relations were obtained using a modeling wax. The maxillo-mandibular record was verified and then later was transferred to an articulator. Selection of teeth for children and adolescents requires more attention as the commercially available moulds do not satisfy esthetic requirements in most cases; obviously because these moulds mimic adult dentitions. (9) Proper shade selection of acrylic teeth was done and trimmed to the approximate dimensions of the deciduous teeth and teeth setting were done. Try-in was checked for retention, esthetics and phonetics. Dentures were processed using heat cure acrylic resin (Fig. 3) and inserted (Fig. 4). Post insertion instructions on denture wear, functions of speech, mastication, hygiene and maintenance were given.







Patient was recalled after 24 hrs of denture insertion for the post insertion checkup. Periodic checkups were advised, approximately once in every six months to make small adjustments and modifications to the given prosthesis.


The hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, otherwise called Christ- seimens- Touraine syndrome (X--linked form) described by Thurnam in 1848.10

The Ectodermal Dysplasia (ED) is a group of inherited disorder that share in common developmental defects involving at least two of the major structure classically hold to derive from the embryonic ectoderms--hair, teeth, nails, sweat glands. Orally, the disease is characterized by hypodontia, oligodontia or anodontia, which can, moreover, affect both the maxilla and mandible, delayed eruption, malformed teeth producing a small, pointed conical appearance and resorption or atrophy of the alveolar border, thus complicating the fundamental rehabilitation procedure in these patients.

Treatment of a child with ED requires a multidisciplinary approach and knowledge of behavioral management of the pediatric patient. The ED child can be rehabilitated using composite build up, crowns, fixed prosthesis, over dentures, removable prosthesis or implants depending on the dentition present.

Treatment should be aimed at maintaining the dentition present and alveolar ridges as these structures have to support the denture prosthesis for a life time. Treatment should be commenced as soon as possible to avoid possible resorption and atrophy of the alveolar ridges, and to control the vertical dimension, which can be severely affected by the total or partial lack of teeth. (11)

The prosthetic treatment should be carried out on an individual basis, aimed always towards providing good occlusal stability. It also aids in phonation and mastication. These factors instill greater self confidence in the child and help him gain acceptance. (11)

Different authors have proposed different rehabilitation possibilities for these patients. In general, almost all agree in recommending the use of removable prosthesis during the first stages of growth allowing the adjustment of the vertical dimension until the patient finishes growth. (12-16) When a more stable and fixed situation is established and the possibility of implant treatment can be considered. Till and Marques (17) recommend that the initial dentures should be delivered before the child begins school, so that the child has time to adapt to it. A well fitting set of dentures restores the facial appearance to a great extent.


The use of partial acrylic prosthesis is an interesting and practical alternative that provides a relatively quick, easy, acceptable and economical solution to this functional and esthetic oral rehabilitation in patients with pronounced edentulism. It helps to normalize the function of masticatory and perioral muscles consequently the growth pattern of basal bones and gives psychological boost to the self-image of the child. (18) Early rehabilitation of children with ED will go a long way in helping them interact normally with their peers. (7) But one must remember that any form of restoration or prosthesis should provide dentition confirming with the age of the patient.


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Rani TS [1], Reddy RE [2], Manjula M [3], Sreelakshmi N [4]

Dept. of Pedodontics, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Narketpally, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Professor & HOD [2]

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Received: 21st July, 2009

Review Completed: 25th August, 2009

Accepted: 20th September, 2009

Available Online: 18th January, 2010

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Title Annotation:Case Report
Author:Rani, T.S.; Reddy, R.E.; Manjula, M.; Sreelakshmi, N.
Publication:Indian Journal of Dental Advancements
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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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