Indianapolis Cosmetic Dentist discuss treatment for Peg Laterals

A peg lateral is a condition wherein the second tooth on both sides of the upper teeth do not develop properly. There are instances when the primary teeth stops developing and do not turn into adult teeth. But a true peg lateral happens when the adult tooth does not develop properly once the primary tooth is gone. Learn more from your Indianapolis cosmetic dentist below!


Preparation for Treatment

Peg laterals can be treated using braces or similar orthodontics devices and porcelain veneers. But before deciding on the treatment to be used, it is important to check the following:


· There should be sufficient space for an adult tooth to fit in between the front canine tooth and incisor. Braces can be used to create the necessary space in case the space is not sufficient.

· It is also important to check if the peg lateral has a weak root or if it is a primary tooth. Retainers can be used to provide suitable support to the adult-size tooth that will be put into place.

· There may be instances when the dentist will recommend the removal of the peg lateral to maintain oral health.


Options for Peg Lateral Treatment


Dental bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure where durable plastic resin material is used to improve the smile of a person. It is used to close spaces in the teeth. The procedure is normally completed in one visit and is the least expensive cosmetic dental procedure. Dental bonding normally lasts up to ten years depending on the oral hygiene habits of the person.


Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers or dental veneers are custom-made shells used in improving the appearance of a person. They are made of porcelain or resin composite materials and are used to cover gaps in between the teeth. Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth and can last up to fifteen years.


Peg laterals can have a significant effect on the self-confidence of a person. Due to this, it is important to take into account the different ways of treating it and the insecurities people have when it comes to the way they look.


To schedule an appointment or consultation to learn more about this option, call your Indianapolis cosmetic dentist at (317) 897-5093 to pick the best date and time for your visit.

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