As an adult, you’ve already lost all your baby teeth and received your grownup versions, but one in particular stands out for the wrong reason. It’s much smaller than the teeth around it. When you talk or smile, you are always cognizant of this little tooth calling attention to itself, making your smile look unbalanced.
Well, did you know that your dentist has not just one possible solution to correct small teeth but three? Learn the basics about the procedures that could help yours be a more appropriate size.
Sometimes, when teeth are excessively small, your smile’s appearance is not solely impacted—function can also suffer. An overly small tooth can make it more difficult to bite and chew certain foods. In some situations, covering the whole thing with a dental crown not only creates more balance aesthetically but also allows for more efficient eating.
Your dentist may recommend this treatment option especially if the small tooth is located toward the back of the mouth, where more force becomes necessary for grinding food. The added reinforcement of the crown can help the tooth perform more effectively as well as match the surrounding teeth in size.
Perhaps a small tooth stands front and center in your smile. In this instance, a porcelain veneer may be the procedure to go with. Basically, a veneer is like a dental crown, except it is attached to the front surface of the tooth only.
The ceramic material is crafted in a way that reflects light just like tooth enamel, which means that the veneer will look completely natural. When the veneer is affixed to the tooth, it should blend right in with the other teeth around it.
With this procedure, no permanent changes have to be made to your tooth structure itself. The enamel-colored composite resin is applied directly onto the tooth and sculpted into the desired shape and size. A curing light solidifies the bonding within seconds, completing treatment in one visit instead of multiple appointments, as with veneers or crowns.
If budget and time are serious concerns, you should consider cosmetic bonding over the other options. However, if appearance and longevity are more important to you, then veneers or crowns may be better suited for your needs and goals.
Making the decision among these options can be overwhelming on your own, but your dentist is a great resource to collaborate with. After examining your small tooth, they can work with you to determine the best treatment for your unique smile.
About the Practice
Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center has been part of the Midland community for about 40 years. Dr. Franklin Boyles, who is one of the few dentists throughout the country who is a Fellow with the Academy of General Dentistry, works alongside his son, Dr. Stephen Boyles. Whether a patient needs just a routine cleaning, a complete smile makeover, or something in between, our team is focused on delivering exceptional service. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or by calling 432-685-7011.