Correcting Microdontia

Posted: February 23, 2016   Article

Bakersfield, CA – Genetics determine many of our physical features, and our teeth are no different. Microdontia, a condition characterized by smaller than average teeth, is overwhelmingly passed down through families.

Cosmetic careI see many adult patients who are embarrassed or frustrated with their smiles because they feel their teeth look like baby teeth. They are small, and often have gaps between them because the teeth don’t fill out the mouth the way that most other adults’ teeth do.

In some patients, they inherit the size of their teeth from one parent, while their jaw size comes from the other. And this can lead to microdontia, because the jaw is simply too big for the size of teeth that erupt.

Often patients develop additional problems from the teeth not fitting together properly. They may experience excessive wear and tear because their small teeth lead to a bad bite and TMJ issues.

There is good news, though, for patients who suffer from microdontia. We can use a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct the problem, giving the patient the appearance of an aesthetically pleasing and natural smile with appropriately sized teeth.

The type of cosmetic correction will depend on the degree of microdontia. Composite bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns may be an option to correct the smile and bite. We find, however, that if the tooth roots are abnormally small, it might limit the ways we can address the microdontia because the teeth might not be strong enough for some types of treatment.

For younger patients, I find that composite bonding is the best solution to correct their smile. This is a great option for patients who don’t have all of their permanent teeth yet because composite bonding won’t last as long as other solutions. Composites are budget friendly, and more conservative than other treatments because less tooth structure needs to be removed to adhere the composite to the tooth.

Porcelain veneers are a beautiful way to transform a smile. Veneers are thin shells that fit over the front surface of the teeth to improve the look of your smile. To adhere the veneer, a small portion of your tooth will need to be shaved off to accommodate the veneer.

All ceramic porcelain crowns are also a great way to improve the appearance of your smile if you suffer from microdontia, while also making your tooth stronger. Crowns are typically only used once the teeth have fully erupted.

To determine the best course of action to correct your microdontia, we will do a thorough examination to collect the necessary records. This will tell me how severe the issue may be, and help me determine if one type of restoration might be better than others. Then together, you and I can choose the treatment option that not only improves your smile and teeth functioning, but fits best into your budget and lifestyle.

If you don’t like to smile because you suffer from microdontia, it’s time to discover what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. Schedule a consultation with my office today, and in no time, you’ll be smiling bigger than ever before.

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