Peg teeth are part of a dental disorder known as microdontia. It is a condition which affects the appearance of the patient's teeth. They appear much smaller than the rest of the patient's teeth. The most common teeth which are affected are the upper incisors and third molars. This condition is not very common. They are also called Dracula teeth because of their appearance. The condition does not affect the oral health of the patient but rather affects the appearance of the teeth when the patient smiles. They most often occur in the upper jaw.
Causes of Peg Teeth and Consequences
The cause of peg teeth is hereditary and generally points to the fact that there is an underlying medical condition which warrants attention. One such cause is congenital syphilis which is a sexually transmitted disease. While the child is in the womb, a mother may pass this on to her child in utero. Penicillin can take care of the disease, but if the mother does not take it in a timely manner then the disease will go on unchecked. Ectodermal dysplasia is another hereditary cause which can affect the hair, skin, and teeth as well.
Peg teeth do not cause any problems with the remaining teeth in the oral cavity, but other things can happen if they are not taken care of. Because they are so small there cannot be completely functional. With the gaps so evident around them, it can result in another tooth erupting inside the peg tooth. In some cases, it is recommended for tooth extractions.
There are ways to correct peg teeth to make them appear more normal in size and help them function better. We can provide dental bonding, veneers, implants, and even crowns that can all be used to treat the affected teeth to reshape them, so they appear normal in size and function after an assessment at our office.
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