Microdontia is translated as “small teeth”. It is when someone has one or more teeth that are smaller than teeth should be. With some patients all of the teeth are small, but it is much more common for it to be only one or two teeth that are small. Here are some of the effects of microdontia, and what we can do to help.
The main problem with microdontia is that it affects the spacing in the mouth. Since the tooth is smaller than the other teeth, there is extra space there. This could lead to the rest of your teeth shifting over time. That could affect your bite as well.
One of the other issues with microdontia is not a physical problem. It is the appearance. Your smile is one of the first things that a person will notice about you. If you have a small tooth, especially one that is obvious, you will feel self-conscious about it. That can affect many areas of your life.
There are many treatment options available for those with microdontia. Depending on the placement of the tooth, we might also suggest that it be left alone. Composites, crowns, and veneers are three different ways to treat microdontia. With each of those options the original tooth will remain. Occasionally, extraction will be recommended, and the tooth will be replaced with a dental implant.
Treatment of microdontia in children is different. With kids, we might suggest a temporary crown or another space holder.
If you have one or more teeth that are smaller than the others, come in and talk to us. You do not need to live with the embarrassment of the condition, and you do not want to risk problems with spacing down the road. It is better to take care of it now.