It’s an established fact that genetics have an impact on a person’s overall health. But did you know they can also determine how teeth develop? Characterized by very small teeth, microdontia is a common oral health problem that often runs in families. Adults affected by microdontia may have small teeth with gaps between them, making them look like baby teeth. Teeth that are too small may not fit together or chew properly, which can cause excessive wear and tear. But there’s good news for people with microdontia: modern dentistry offers many techniques that can help restore teeth and improve smiles. We take a look at what microdontia is and how it can be treated.
What is microdontia?
‘Micro’ means small and ‘dontia’ means a state relating to teeth. So, the word ‘microdontia’ means having small teeth. A person who has one or more teeth smaller than normal is said to have a case of microdontia. Such small teeth are called, by specialists, microdontic teeth or simply microdonts. Microdonts can have normal or abnormal morphology. They can have a regular shape but a small size, or may be regular in size and have a triangular shape. In many cases, these small teeth have small roots, while the crown may be near normal.
What are the classifications of microdontia?
There are three types of microdontia:
What are the treatment options?
If you’ve decided that you’d like to improve your smile, the American Dental Association recommends you first visit a dentist. Some of the more popular treatment options include:
Do you have any questions about microdontia? Call Westermeier Martin Dental care to schedule an appointment with your dentist 716-508-4547.