Also known as microdontia, peg teeth is a dental condition where one or more of your teeth are smaller than normal, typically the third molars and upper lateral incisors. Often, peg incisors occur on both sides and have shorter roots than normally developed teeth. Many people haven’t heard of this condition or have simply thought that some people have smaller teeth than others. That is partially due to the fact that microdontia often doesn’t affect one’s dental health. However, peg teeth are unattractive and can lower your confidence in your smile.
What Causes Peg Teeth?
Peg teeth are a hereditary condition that can’t be prevented, but we can treat your peg teeth safely and effectively in our office. This condition is the result of maldeveloped permanent teeth, so cosmetic treatment after an eruption is the only viable approach, as peg teeth typically don’t affect your bite. However, there are very effective oral surgery (prosthodontic) options for the treatment of microdontia that can restore your confidence and improve your smile.
How Can I Fix Peg Teeth?
Oral surgery procedures used to improve the appearance of peg teeth include dental implants, crowns, and porcelain veneers. A dental implant procedure involves extracting the peg tooth and replacing them with this dental restoration. Applying a crown involves reshaping the peg tooth to accommodate the crown, which should last up to 10 years with proper care and regular professional cleanings. Veneers are also an option for cosmetic treatment of peg teeth, which are thin coverings for your teeth that improve both structure and appearance.
Peg teeth are unsightly and can affect how or how often you smile, as well as the way you interact with others. You have options, however, and our office would love to help. Contact us for more information about how to fix your peg teeth.