dentapress PremiumUse the dentapress- partnerservice to encourage your comany- profile within the target group.
Tooth agenesis is the failure of tooth bud development, causing definitive absence of the tooth. It is the most common dental anomaly, affecting up to one-quarter of the general population. The main cause is related to abnormal function of specific genes which play key roles during odontogenesis, particularly MSX1 and PAX9. MSX1 is a transcription factor highly expressed in the mesenchyme of developing tooth germs, whereas PAX9 is a transcription factor that shows a direct relationship with craniofacial development, particularly the formation of the palate and teeth. Despite the high frequency of tooth agenesis, there are as yet only a restricted number of mutations in MSX1 and PAX9 that have been associated with non-syndromic tooth agenesis.