They are uncommon, unusual and can make us uncomfortable. They are sometimes challenging and confronting. I’m talking about genetic mutations. But please, spare me the brain cells and don’t pull me into a discussion about radioactive spiders and the X-men.
The big question – why mutations happen – is still yet out of our reach. Genetic mutations have puzzled and intrigued scientists for hundreds of years. Even though they have already succeeded in decoding the human genome, they have still only begun to scratch the surface of the mystery of genetic mutations and gauge their impact on our daily lives. Some mutations are obvious to everyone, where others lie in secret, only coming to light when they’re shared with the rest of the world. What is certain is that they serve as a reminder for us, that despite our different physical or genetic makeup, we are all human, after all. Here are 25 of the world’s strangest and weirdest genetic mutations.
The name of the condition says it all; imperfect. Well, we think that imperfect is a bit of an understatement for this condition. With 14 variations of the disease, malformed incisors or choppers can grow all over the mouth and be in varying shades of yellow.
Unfortunately for future children of current Amelogenesis Imperfect sufferers, this condition is autosomal dominant. This means that even if only one parent suffers from the condition, future children will have a 50% chance of having it too.
The good news is that this condition is very rare, and affects approximately 1 in 14000 individuals. Bonded restorations are usually the treatment of choice, however the complexity of the condition calls for an interdisciplinary approach as an overall treatment plan.
Whatever people with the condition chose to do with their teeth, we’re positive that the Dentist’s office is like their second home.