Sometimes there is an absence of a tooth or teeth that should normally be present. This can be caused by trauma or because the tooth failed to develop. Most commonly upper Laterals or premolars may be missing. There are many ways that these missing teeth can be replaced including: space closure, implant replacement or bridge placement, these options will be discussed at your initial consultation.
The following problems may arise from missing teeth and should be corrected because they may:
- Cause improper functioning of teeth
- Cause premature wear of teeth
- Cause asymmetric alignment of the teeth
- Make your smile less attractive
The photo and radiograph below show how a premolar tooth is absent on the xray and a photo after space closure.
Below you can see a missing upper right lateral tooth corrected with implant placement. Also seen prior to treatment on the radiograph.