When a permanent second tooth on either side of the upper front teeth does not fully develop, the small, pointed, cone-shaped incisor is referred to as a “peg lateral incisor.” Because these underdeveloped teeth seriously detract from the attractiveness of a smile, correction is needed. In some cases, the dentist may elect to augment a pegged tooth with bonding material. While this option is relatively quick and inexpensive, the composite material used for bonding does not have the luster of natural enamel. It is also likely to become dull and more prone to staining over time. Porcelain veneers, however, may be more expensive and take longer to complete, but they look much more natural and last a great deal longer.
We can answer any questions you have about pegged teeth. Always feel free to discuss your dental concerns with us at the office of PAUL E. NELSON, D.D.S. We’re located at 100 N. State College Blvd., Suite 1, where you can trust the health of your teeth to our extensive training and experience. Our concern is your comfort and confidence – our goal is to help you preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime. Please call 714.992.0092 to schedule your next dental checkup. Let us help you keep that winning smile.
P.S. Some patients with peg lateral incisors have parents with the same condition.