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Before & After: Missing Lateral Incisors

– Tuesday, November 29, 2016 –

Missing teeth is a condition that I see commonly in my orthodontic practice. Although the treatment can be challenging, there area variety of options depending on the patient's teeth and bite as well as esthetic desires and the recommendations of the dentist.  Maxillary lateral incisors are one of the most commonly missing teeth in patients.  

What is a congenitally missing tooth?

A congenitally missing tooth is one that never formed in your jaw and you were born without it.  This can be hereditary and passed on from a family member, but it can also happen for no apparent reason.  

What are the treatment options for missing teeth?

The treatment options are specific to each patient, but there are generally two options for missing teeth:

  • Prosthetic replacement (a fake tooth) such as a dental implant, bridge, or removable prosthesis
  • Tooth substitution where the missing tooth space is closed and another tooth serves as a "substitute" for the missing tooth.  This may require a cosmetic restorations by a dentist for ideal esthetics.  



Before & After: Missing Lateral Incisors

treated by Dr. Jill Mioduski


Before Orthodontic Treatment



After Orthodontic Treament

*Treated with canine substitution for missing lateral incisors.  The canines were reshaped and the patient was referred to a general dentist for cosmetic restoration of the teeth.

by Dr. Jill K. Mioduski

Dr. Jill grew up in North Muskegon, Michigan, a small town just off Lake Michigan. She has known she wanted to be an orthodontist since fourth grade!

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