How to Tell If You Have Short Teeth?

Do you have short teeth? If you aren’t sure, there are a few telltale signs you can look out for. Below is more information about short teeth, how to tell if you have them, what causes short teeth, and what you can do if you find you have abnormally short teeth.

How to Tell If You Have Short Teeth?

There are a few ways to tell if you have short teeth. These include:

* The appearance of a gummy smile
* Not all teeth touching each other
* Difficulty with eating or speech
* Teeth being noticeably shorter than surrounding teeth

Why Are My Teeth Short?

There isn’t just one reason why teeth are short. Some of the most common reasons for short teeth include:

* Genetics. Genetics are a common cause of short teeth. The condition in which teeth develop shorter than normal (or at least appear so) is microdontia. There are different forms of microdontia, and the severity varies. For some patients, only one or two of their teeth are shorter. For other patients, all of their teeth are smaller (this is exceedingly rare). Whatever the case may be, genetically short teeth can’t be avoided, but they can be treated.

* Acid reflux. Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid comes up the throat and sometimes into the mouth. Acid reflux is often caused by diet and can generally be treated with dietary interventions or medication. If the acid makes its way into the mouth too often, it can erode the teeth and cause them to become shorter.

* Excessive gum tissue. If you have a “gummy smile,” you probably have excessive gum tissue. This doesn’t mean your teeth are shorter, but they may appear so.

* Bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which the patient grinds or clenches their teeth at night. This can wear down the teeth over time. Bruxism can be addressed with a night guard and other interventions.

Can Short Teeth be Fixed?

Often times short teeth can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry. Below are some common treatments used to help address short teeth:

* Gum contouring. Gum contouring involves the reshaping of the gums to show more of the natural tooth. This creates the appearance of “longer” teeth.
* Dental bonding. Dental bonding involves the use of resin to repair a tooth. This method is best for small repairs.
* Dental veneers. Dental veneers cover a more significant portion of the tooth than bonding and can extend the “length” of the tooth with a prosthetic.
* Dental crowns. Dental crowns are often a last resort, but they do offer additional length by replacing the entire crown of the tooth.

Reach Out Today

If you are unsure if you have short teeth or you know you have short teeth and would like them addressed, reach out today and schedule an appointment for a consultation and examination. Your dentist will determine whether or not you have short teeth or excessive gums. From there, they will discuss treatment options with you and determine the best course of action.


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