A congenitally missing tooth is one that never developed. In many cases the lateral incisors never form, as seen above.
Although this young girl has congenitally missing teeth in the back, the space is very apparent in a full smile. Ideally, missing teeth such as these are replaced using dental implants and crowns.
In some cases, there are multiple teeth that do not form. Orthodontic treatment combined with implant therapy is usually the treatment of choice.
The premolar teeth commonly do not develop. To prevent bite problems and other complications, missing teeth must be replaced.