Posted on 6/23/2018 by Dr. Todd Rogers
|There are several reasons why patients have gaps between their teeth, also called diastema. The most common types of diastema happens between the two upper front teeth, however, they can happen anywhere in the mouth and there are reasons why you want to treat dental gaps.
Diastema can be prevented with braces or other dental procedures like a bridge, a crown or partial dentures. If you have a space between your teeth for whatever reason, our dentist can recommend an orthodontist that will do an evaluation and discuss your options, but you should take care of the problem.
Reasons for Dental Gaps
If you have a missing tooth, this can cause a gap with the neighboring tooth. In some instances, an oversized labial frenum -the piece of tissue that runs from the inside of your upper lip to your gum- can create a gap between the two upper front teeth, which is very common, sucking your thumb as a child and gum disease that weakens the gum and bone can also cause teeth to move.
Why You Should Fix Dental Gaps
Leaving a dental gap untreated can cause teeth to move and affect other teeth, so it's important to discuss the situation with our dentist.
How Are Dental Gaps Treated?
Braces are the most popular way to treat dental gaps, but they may not be a good option for you. Other procedures used to fix dental gaps include, veneers -a thin porcelain layer is used to cover the imperfection that lasts for years, and dental bonding - a procedure where a resin material is bonded to your teeth. Bonding is very simple and can usually be completed in one dental visit.
Each patient is different, so there are several solutions to treat diastema. Please ask our dentist why you want to treat dental gaps.