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Do You Know What a Peg Tooth Really Is?

Posted on 10/23/2017 by Dr. Michael Drone
Peg Teeth Drone Prosthodontics IN 46383
When you smile, the first thing people take note of are your teeth. And your teeth can really leave a lasting impression.

Therefore, when your teeth are anything but perfect, it can lead you to be self-conscious. One issue that can affect your smile is the presence of peg teeth.

What are Peg Teeth?

Peg teeth often occur in the lateral incisors, and are referred to as peg laterals. It is a condition in which your incisors don't develop correctly, becoming small and pointed, like a peg. While harmless, they can affect your appearance, and detract from your smile.

Causes of Peg Teeth

True peg teeth are underdeveloped adult lateral incisors, and are the result of genetics. They can be caused by congenital syphilis (contracted in utero). This condition can be treated with penicillin, but the teeth have already formed in the mouth.

They can also be caused by ectodermal dysplasia, a condition which affects the development of teeth, skin and/or hair. If one or both of your parents had peg teeth, you will most likely have them as well.

Problems with Peg Teeth

Peg teeth are too small to be functional, however, they don't usually cause any issues with your bite or alignment. In some people, pits form in the peg teeth, another tooth forms inside of them, known as dens in dente.

Treatment Options
You have a couple of different options when it comes to peg teeth:

•  Dental bonding. Composite resin is placed on the tooth and shaped to take on a natural appearance. The process is quick and inexpensive. However, it lacks the luster of natural teeth, and stains easily.
•  Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells that cover the front of your peg teeth. While they are more expensive, they provide a much more natural appearance, don't stain easily and will last much longer.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (219) 250-1163 today.

Michael Drone Dentistry & Prosthodontics
809 Wall Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
PH: (219) 250-1163
Northwest Indiana
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