Treatment for a diastema may or may not be necessary depending on the underlying cause and depending on the persons desires. For some people, a diastema is a cosmetic issue and for others there may be a dental problem.
Outlook and Treatment of Diastemas
Once your dentist has determined the reason for your diastema, a treatment plan can be formulated and discussed with you. Options to correcting a diastema may include:
• Your keeping the diastema.
• Orthodontic Treatment or Braces can move the teeth and close diastemas.
• Veneers or Bonding are used to fill gaps or fit over teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.
• Crown and Bridge work or replacement of teeth can help close gaps.
• If you have extra tissue between your two upper front teeth that is causing a gap, this can be surgically removed to correct the gap and you may need braces to help with this.
• If you have a diastema develop from gum disease, you must receive treatment to stop the infection before the gap can be closed.
For those who seek treatment for a diastema, the outlook is very positive. There are many procedures that can successfully close a gap. Some diastemas are not preventable but there are those that come from developing bad oral habits. Let’s remember to practice good oral hygiene habits to include brushing and flossing twice a day and to visit your dentist every 6 months for your cleanings and examinations.
I hope this Tooth Talk has helped and call Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.