What causes the gaps between in my teeth?
The most common causes are that the teeth are too small for the size of the jaw, teeth have moved and separated because of missing teeth in that part of the mouth, or the teeth have gum disease and have started drifting.
What can be done about my gaps?
It depends on the size of the gap, the cause and the condition of the teeth and its very important to properly assess before doing anything. The types of treatment carried out include:
- White filling bondings
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental Bridges
- Dental implants
Who should I go to for treatment of the gaps?
This also depends on the cause and the complexity of the case. If the gap is related to gum disease its very important to see a gum specialist or periodontist, as the problem may continue to get worse unless the underlying gum problem is treated. Normally the teeth will be loose or gums obviously red and inflamed if the gaps are due to this cause. If the teeth are healthy, in some cases the gaps can be dealt with directly by a prosthodontist using white filling bondings, porcelain veneers or crowns. Alternatively, it may be better to have orthodontic treatment or braces to straighten the teeth. In many of these cases, prosthodontists and orthodontists work together to get the very best results and a more natural looking smile.