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Treatment for Missing Lateral Incisors


Posted on 6/3/2024 by Dan O'Leary DDS
3d rendering of a dental implantA person without their side front teeth on either the upper or lower jaw is referred to as having missing lateral incisors. This could result from a dental issue or an injury; alternatively, they could have been born without it. There are, thus, several ways to bridge the gap left by lost lateral incisors in a person.

For teeth with developmental issues, dentistry offers a plethora of alternatives. You can address your concern using the following treatment options:

Replacement of Canines


Most individuals believe that missing teeth cannot be treated with orthodontics. The space created by your lateral incisors can be filled up by your central incisors with braces or Invisalign. It is known as the canine substitution technique. Braces also provide enough room for implants or dental bridges.

Dental Implants


To replicate the appearance of the lost lateral incisors, your dentist can utilize dental implants. For the artificial teeth to be supported, implant posts are surgically inserted into your upper jaw. Tooth movement and gap formation are prevented with dental implants.

Bridge Bonded in Resin


When no lateral incisors exist, wing lateral bridges may be used as a substitute. Along with a tiny piece of material affixed to the back of the central incisor to hold the new tooth in place, it has a crown resembling a lateral tooth. This bridge is quite similar to the original tooth. As such, it is among the options with the best aesthetic appeal.

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Do you think that replacing missing lateral incisors is just a cosmetic concern? Are you putting off dealing with the issue because you are uncertain about what to do next? Missing teeth may also lead to other health issues like gum disease, jaw pain, difficulty speaking, and digestive problems.

Contact our offices to arrange a consultation with our oral surgeon regarding your missing lateral incisors. You can get a dental implant treatment, orthodontics, or a bridge done if you are missing a molar or a lateral incisor. To arrange an appointment, please get in touch with us.


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