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