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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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Short Teeth Crowns: What Can You Do About Them?

by Eric Bailey

If you have unnaturally short teeth crowns, you may wonder if you can do anything to lengthen them. Short teeth crowns can develop from a number of things, including teeth grinding and excessive gum tissue. You can correct your short teeth crowns with the right information and cosmetic dental tips.

Why Are Your Teeth Crowns Short?

Having short teeth doesn't just affect your smile, it can also cause issues with your dental hygiene and ability to chew. The surfaces of your crowns have distinct features that allow them to grind, tear, and break down food. Certain factors like teeth grinding can prematurely wear away the unique surfaces of each tooth until they appear short, cracked, and damaged.

Gum tissue can also grow too far over your crowns and make them appear short. The excessive gum tissue may make it difficult to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth. These problems can hide below your gums and trigger an infection or inflammation called gum disease. Gum disease can cause permanent damage to your oral health if it goes untreated.

You can take steps to lengthen your teeth right now.

What Can You Do to Lengthen Your Short Teeth?

If you haven't done so already, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. If you grind your teeth, a dentist may suggest that you get porcelain veneers or crowns to lengthen them. You'll need to wear a protective mouth guard during the night when you get your new teeth. Although porcelain is strong, it may potentially crack from intense pressure. A guard keeps this from happening.

If you have a gummy smile, a dentist may trim the excessive tissue to add length to your crowns. Depending on the cosmetic dentist you choose, they may use a laser to remove the excessive gum tissue. If your gums are infected or inflamed with bacteria, a provider may treat them with antibiotics before they trim your gums.

Some dentists use laser gum therapy to remove inflamed gum tissue. Other providers may use the traditional root planing and scaling method. Both methods can improve the condition of your gums, so that your gum removal treatment is more successful.

After treatment, you can protect your new smile by having your teeth cleaned regularly and by getting sufficient nutrition. If your gum inflammation returns, or if you continue to grind your teeth, tell a dentist immediately. You may need additional treatment.

To learn more about your short teeth crowns and how to fix them, contact a cosmetic dentist.