00048 Impaired dentition

00048 Impaired dentition

Definition of the NANDA label

Alteration of the eruption or development patterns of the teeth or the structural integrity of the teeth.

Disruption in tooth development/eruption pattern or structural integrity of individual teeth.

Defining characteristics

• Halitosis.
• Discoloration of tooth enamel.
• Caries in the crown or roots.
• Excess plaque.
• Dental pain.
• Teeth that move.
• Excessive calculations.
• Incomplete eruption for age (it can be from baby teeth or permanent teeth).
• Bad occlusion or dental misalignment.
• Premature loss of baby teeth.
• Worn teeth.
• Dental fractures.
• Total or partial lack of teeth.
• Erosion of enamel.
• Asymmetric facial expression.

Related factors

• Ineffective oral hygiene, sensitivity to heat or cold.
• Barriers to self-care.
• Nutritional deficits.
• Diet habits.
• Excessive contribution of fluorinated substances.
• Persistent use of tobacco, coffee, tea, or red wine.
• Lack of knowledge about dental health.
• Use of excessively abrasive cleaning agents.
• Economic barriers or access to professional care.
• Genetic predisposition.
• Prescription of certain medications.
• Premature loss of milk teeth.
• Chronic vomiting.
• Bruxism.

At risk population

• Economically disadvantaged
• Genetic predisposition

Associated condition

• Bruxism
• Chronic vomiting
• Oral temperature sensitivity
• Pharmaceutical agent


• Personal care: oral hygiene.
• Oral health.


• Maintenance of oral health.
• Restoration of oral health.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.