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3 Prosthodontic Treatments for an Oversized Tooth

An oversized tooth can create bite issues, shove neighboring teeth out of alignment, and cause you embarrassment. There are a few different ways that a cosmetic dentistry specialist can treat an oversized tooth using prosthodontics.

Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry concerning cosmetic alterations to the natural tooth. There are a few different potential prosthodontics, but some work better for an oversized tooth than others.

What are some of the best and worst prosthodontics treatments for an oversized tooth? Read on to learn about some of the options and decide which is best for you. 

Best: Dental Bond

A dental bond is comprised of a soft resin material that your cosmetic dentist can mold directly onto the front surface of your tooth to create a new shape or face. When the natural tooth is oversized, the dentist can shave down the natural tooth before applying the dental bond. The shaving will help improve the adhesion of the bond to the tooth since the surface won't be smooth. Once the resin is in place, the material is hardened with a natural light.

The dental bond offers a fairly natural looking result, but the material isn't stain resistant like porcelain so you want to maintain good oral health. The on-tooth molding also isn't as precise and customized as a lab-created prosthodontics option.

Best: Dental Veneer

Dental veneers, like bonds, attach to the front of a shaved down tooth but the comparisons end there. The veneers are made of porcelain, not resin, and are created in a laboratory based on molds of your teeth. Veneers look natural and offer your dentist more precision and customization for creating the perfect prosthodontics.

Porcelain is stain resistant and more durable than resin but also not as reversible if you change your mind at a later date.

Worst: Dental Crown

Dental crowns are the bulkiest prosthodontics treatment. While your dentist can shave down the natural tooth to make room for the dental crown, you might not want to undergo the level of shaving required to make a dental crown fit well on a tooth that was already oversized.

If the oversized tooth did have significant cracking or cavity damage, the excess loss of tooth might become a necessary step of treatment. In that case, a dental crown would work perfectly fine to help fix and protect your tooth. Ask your cosmetic dentist if a dental crown might work in your particular situation.

For more information about prosthodontics, talk to a dentist like those at Pinon Hills Dental.