My permanent upper canine and incisor on the right never erupted. I still have small primary teeth that did not fall out. The teeth look weird because they are so small and don’t match the size of the surrounding teeth. I am 27 years old and trying to progress with my career. Can a dentist make the small teeth look larger, or is it best to get them removed and replaced with dental implants? Thank you – Andreas
Thank you for contacting Dr. Brooksher’s office in Baton Rouge regarding your canine and incisor teeth that never erupted. Dr. Brooksher would need to examine and x-ray your teeth before recommending appropriate treatment.
What Happens When Permanent Teeth Do Not Erupt?
When permanent teeth do not erupt, they may be impacted. An x-ray will help a dentist determine whether the permanent teeth have developed. If not, a dentist can create a treatment plan for dental implants.
Treatment options for permanent teeth that do not erupt
Treatment options for permanent teeth that do not erupt may include the following:
- A dentist may remove the primary teeth and make an opening for permanent teeth to emerge.
- A dentist may need to remove the primary teeth and replace them with dental implants. If the bone beneath the primary teeth is healthy, a dentist may place implants and temporary crowns on the same day. Otherwise, you may need a bone graft first.
- A dentist will ensure you have enough space for a dental implant if primary teeth are absent. Sometimes, you may need orthodontics to make room for a dental implant.
We recommend scheduling consultations with two dentists with advanced training in implantology. Look for credentials from one of the following organizations:
- International Congress of Oral Implantology
- International Dental Implant Association
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- American Board of Oral Implantology
Ensure that each dentist has advanced cosmetic dentistry training to provide you with natural-looking implant crowns.
Baton Rouge dentist Dr. Steven Brooksher sponsors this post. Dr. Brooksher is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.