James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
|Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics: Division of Craniofacial Genetics|
The frequency of genetically determined diseases with manifestations affecting the craniofacial and the orodental structures is large and increasing as more dentists become aware of abnormal findings, tissue reactions, and, on occasion, the need for modifications of treatment approach. There is no doubt that genetics is playing an important role in medical science and that it has reached an increasing awareness of genetics by the public. These factors stress the importance of dentists being well versed in the fundamental principles and diagnosis of common genetic disorders and the treatment approach of genetically compromised patients.