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The Problems Associated with Peg Teeth


Posted on 12/20/2016 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
A close up of a patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
Peg teeth are those that are abnormally small and pointed. A condition known as microdontia, it most commonly affects the lateral incisors. It happens when your adult teeth fail to develop normally, although the term is also often used to refer to baby teeth that have never fallen out, but it is a misdiagnosis. Peg teeth also have some issues associated with them.

What Causes Peg Teeth?

Peg laterals are most frequently the result of genetics. Surprisingly, it is actually a dominant trait, which means that if one of your parents had a peg tooth or two, you are at a higher risk of having them as well.

No Function
The function of your incisors is to tear food, making it easier to eat. When these teeth are too small, they cannot function properly.

"Dens in Dente"
This condition happens when pits develop in the tooth, and another tooth develops inside.

Gum Disease

Because peg teeth are so small, there are significant gaps between them and your surrounding teeth. Food particles are much more likely to get stuck in these gaps. Without proper oral hygiene, or the right floss, you risk not getting rid of lingering particles, thus providing food for destructive bacteria, which can lead to gum disease.

Appearance
A small tooth makes your smile look uneven. This can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Fortunately, there is a something you can do about your peg teeth.

Solution
The most popular solution to dealing with peg teeth are veneers. A veneer is a ceramic "shell" that covers an imperfect tooth. Your dentist will examine your teeth and, if veneers are deemed the best option, impressions will be taken and the color of your teeth matched. Your dentist will then prepare your tooth, or teeth, for the veneer, making it better able for the bonding agent to hold the veneer firmly in place.

A temporary veneer is often given until your permanent one is ready, within one to two weeks. Veneers are meant to be a permanent solution and are strong enough to withstand normal use.

If you have peg teeth, contact our office to see if veneers are the right solution for you.

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