Diastema is a condition where there is a visible gap between your teeth. It affects both children and adults. Any teeth can have a gap between them. However, the front teeth are more noticeable. When children’s permanent teeth erupt, this gap can sometimes close independently. It is only a cosmetic issue for some, but for others, it might pose significant dental health risks.
A variety of factors can cause diastema, and it can also be treated in many ways. Genetics, natural growth, irregular position, size, and shape of teeth, missing teeth, outgrown labial frenum, periodontitis, inappropriate swallowing reflex, bad habits, or the loss of baby teeth are all possible reasons for diastema.
The most striking sign of diastema is a gap between the teeth. Apart from that, you may also notice any of the following symptoms:
- Receding Gums
- Swollen & Tender Gums
- Bad Breath
- Bleeding Gums
- Loose Teeth
- Bright Red Gums
The cause of the gaps determines the treatment plan for diastema. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary when the diastema is simply a part of a more extensive set of oral issues. If missing teeth cause the gap, whether they were extracted or are innately absent, veneers, crowns, or bonding may be used to fill the gap. Braces, dental implants, or partial dentures may also be used to close the gap. If the frenum is causing the gap, a frenectomy or surgical reduction of the labial frenum may be performed. A gum expert will treat the problem if it is caused by complications of the mouth’s gums or other soft tissues.
So if you see a gap between your teeth or your child’s teeth, visit your dentist so he can assess the situation and be able to recommend the most suitable treatment. Click here to book an appointment with our Downtown Toronto dental office: https://richmondwestdental.com/online-appointment/