ORAL HEALTH & DENTISTRY
Large & Small Teeth: How to Fix Them
Reviewed By : Charles Rodgers, DDS
Published: Nov 17, 2021
Why Do I Have Small Teeth?
True Generalized Microdontia
True generalized microdontia is the rarest cause of small teeth, as it is usually the result of very specific syndromes or external causes. This form of microdontia causes teeth to be uniformly small, not just one or two small teeth interspersed with average-sized ones.
Relative Generalized Microdontia
Is Microdontia Normal?
Microdontia is not just a common aesthetic issue – in some cases, it can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the teeth due to an improper bite. Wearing down the surfaces can lead to weakness of the tooth structure and tooth decay. Even if it is common to have one tooth smaller than the rest, it may be time to look at options for correction if it has a significant impact on your self-esteem, bite, or overall oral health.
How Do I Fix Small Teeth?
Sometimes referred to as dental bonding, composite teeth bonding involves the application of a composite resin material directly to the surface to increase the size of the tooth. This method does not require much preparation or excessive erosion of the tooth structure, as the composite is applied to the existing tooth and then hardened using a laser or UV light. The color is carefully chosen to match the existing tooth; some composite resins are even specially made to be stain-resistant, so you won’t risk discoloration in the future.
Dental veneers are commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to cover an array of imperfections in teeth. Made of composite resin or porcelain, a veneer can cover the front of the tooth to make it appear larger than it actually is and eliminate gaps and other issues affecting the appearance of your smile. The veneers can be matched to existing teeth so the transition between veneers and natural teeth is smooth and aesthetically appealing.
A porcelain crown is designed from a mold and placed as a cap over the affected tooth. Application of a crown can be more involved than other cosmetic options for small teeth, sometimes requiring multiple trips to the dentist. Once in place, a crown is typically long-lasting and is designed to blend in with the color and shape of the surrounding teeth.
If your teeth appear small due to a low gum line, your dentist can do a procedure called gum reshaping to give your gums a “lift.” Raising and contouring the gumline exposes more of the tooth so teeth do not appear short or smaller than they ideally should be. This is a delicate procedure and must be done by a highly skilled dentist specializing in cosmetic dental procedures.
Why Are My Front Teeth Large?
True Generalized Macrodontia
Relative Generalized Macrodontia
How Do I Fix Large Front Teeth?
It is also possible to remove the enlarged tooth and replace it with a false tooth, a dental implant, that matches the shape and color of the surrounding teeth. Your dentist would have to refer you to an oral surgeon for this procedure.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist Near You
Are you lacking in self-confidence because of issues with your teeth? Do you have trouble with your bite because of disproportionate tooth size? It may be time to seek professional help for small or large front teeth correction. After a full evaluation with a highly qualified cosmetic dentist, you’ll be informed of recommended options for your specific situation so you can make a decision together on how to proceed. Changing your smile can change your life – if you're ready and are asking where to find a dentist near me, use the Smile Generation Find a Dentist tool if you’re ready to find a capable and caring cosmetic dentist and take the first step towards a new smile.
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