When you look in the mirror, do you notice some of your teeth are unusual shapes? You might have what is called peg lateral incisors. This is a condition where your teeth do not develop properly, leaving you with your primary incisors or a smaller cone-shaped tooth on either side of your upper front teeth. You might have peg teeth on your lower front teeth but this is less common.
What are the characteristics of peg teeth?
They are sharp like a vampire’s teeth and have visible gaps surrounding them.
Why might you have this dental condition?
• Congenital syphilis: An infection as a result of a bacteria called treponema pallidum, passed on from your mother to you during birth.
• Cleidocranial dysostosis: A hereditary disorder that affects your collarbones and skull, deforming your physical structure and decreasing your bone density.
• Ectodermal Dysplasia: This is a genetic condition that causes abnormal development of your nails, skin, sweat glands, hair, and teeth.
• Incontinentia pigmenti achromians/Hypomelanosis of Ito: A birth defect that could result in neurological issues but is physically shown through hypopigmented skin and abnormal teeth.
As you can see, peg teeth can be a sign of a further, more complicated health issue. Though not directly affecting your health, this issue can cause a lot of stress. The poor aesthetics of your teeth can often lead to a negative self-image. Get the treatment you desire for peg teeth so you can smile brightly.
Your dentist wants you to be happy with your teeth and as such, Franklin Dental Centre provides you with many treatment options for peg teeth. What are some of these?
• Veneers: A dental material is placed on the front of your teeth to mimic your normal teeth. Veneers are formed in such a way that no one will know the difference between your original teeth and the synthetic ones.
• Dental Bonding: A special dental product is applied on your teeth to repair abnormalities or damage, leaving you with teeth to match the rest of your pearly whites.
The dentists at Franklin Dental are skilled to recognize the difference between developed baby teeth and peg teeth. Early identification of peg teeth in your child’s mouth will help them get the treatment needed to rectify the issue before they become a problem. It’s a great idea to get your child booked in for a dental appointment as soon as possible, especially if you notice some unusual baby teeth.