What is a Peg Lateral?
A peg lateral is a term used in dentistry to describe a particular abnormality of the upper lateral incisors (teeth #’s 7 and/or 10.) The normal upper lateral incisors are roughly shaped like the central incisors but only 2/3 their size. A peg lateral is not shaped like the central incisor at all. It is much smaller and as the term implies, it is shaped like a “peg.” In this picture of a peg lateral, the patient’s upper left lateral incisor is “peg” shaped. In some cases this condition can be corrected with a veneer or crown, but unfortunately, this peg lateral also had a very shortened root. Ideal treatment, in my opinion (extraction, bone graft, dental implant, zirconia abutment and crown,) was not chosen due to financial considerations. Extraction with a hybrid type of maryland bridge will be the final restoration. This young lady began treatment in December 2012 and I will show pictures taken in my Palm Harbor Dentist office of the final restoration in place in 2013.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A