My Missing Teeth Which teeth are commonly missing?

Which teeth are commonly missing?

My Missing Teeth Which teeth are commonly missing?

This section will tell you which teeth are commonly missing and other dental problems you may have. There are some examples of commonly missing teeth.

How common are missing teeth?

Some types of teeth are more likely to be missing than others. Females have missing teeth more commonly than males. There are also differences based on ethnicity and race.

The treatment options for your missing teeth will depend on a few questions:

How many teeth are missing?

Which teeth are missing?

Are there any other dental problems?

Other dental problems associated with missing teeth

ResearchThis information comes from research looking at different populations to see how often teeth are missing, and other dental problems associated with missing teeth. The research is also supported by clinical experience of dentists. For more information, click here. has shown that people with missing teeth can have other problems with their teeth. The dental team will tell you if they find anything else important when they are checking your teeth.

Small teeth or teeth that are more pointed

Teeth that get stuck in the jaws (impacted teeth)

Teeth that grow in the wrong place (ectopic teeth and transposed teeth)

Teeth that have not formed properly and have weak enamel (hypoplastic or hypomineralised teeth)

Extra teeth in other parts of the mouth

My Missing Teeth Which teeth are commonly missing?

Which teeth are commonly missing?

Some adult teeth are more commonly missing than others. Click the options below to find out about commonly missing teeth, and the different options for dental treatment.

My Missing Teeth Which teeth are commonly missing?
Missing top front teeth (lateral incisors)

When adult back teeth are missing, often the baby teeth will not fall out when they normally would. The baby tooth might fill the gap so you cannot see that there is a missing tooth.

Sometimes the baby tooth can look like it is sinking. This is called ankylosis. If this happens the baby tooth might need to be taken out by a dentist.

If the baby tooth falls out or is taken out, there might be a gap at the back.

Sometimes the other adult teeth might grow into the gap, so you cannot see that there is a missing tooth.

The treatment options for missing lower back teeth might include:

No treatment if you are happy with your teeth

Keep the baby teeth for as long possible

Braces to close the gap

Braces to change the gap to make it the right size for a false tooth

Replacing the missing tooth / teeth

My Missing Teeth Which teeth are commonly missing?
Missing bottom front teeth (incisors)

If teeth are missing at the front, sometimes there will be gaps between the teeth.

Sometimes the baby teeth will not fall out when they normally would. The baby teeth will look smaller than the adult teeth.

If the baby teeth have fallen out, the other adult teeth might grow into the gap so you cannot see that there is a missing tooth.

No treatment if you are happy with your teeth

Keep the baby teeth for as long possible

Braces to close the gap

Braces to change the gap to make it the right size for a false tooth

Replacing the missing tooth / teeth

My Missing Teeth Which teeth are commonly missing?
Missing bottom back teeth (second premolars)

When adult back teeth are missing, often the baby teeth will not fall out when they normally would. The baby tooth might fill the gap so you cannot see that there is a missing tooth.

Sometimes the baby tooth can look like it is sinking. This is called ankylosis. If this happens the baby tooth might need to be taken out by a dentist.

If the baby tooth falls out or is taken out, there might be a gap at the back.

Sometimes the other adult teeth might grow into the gap, so you cannot see that there is a missing tooth.

Braces to close the gap

Braces to change the gap to make it the right size for a false tooth

Replacing the missing tooth / teeth

No treatment if you are happy with your teeth

Keep the baby teeth for as long possible

Accepting the gaps if they are not causing problems.

My Missing Teeth Which teeth are commonly missing?
Lots of missing teeth

Sometimes more than one tooth in one area of the mouth can be missing. This might mean there are bigger gaps between the teeth.

Teeth might be missing only at the front and back, or they might be missing in both places. If the baby teeth do not fall out, they might fill some of the gaps.

When there are lots of missing teeth the treatment options are more complicated. The dentist will talk to you about possible options.

No treatment if you are happy with your teeth

Keep the baby teeth for as long possible

Braces to change the gap to make it the right size for a false tooth

Replacing the missing tooth / teeth

Accepting the gaps if they are not causing problems.