Usually, our teeth are aligned and connected. When the teeth are separated, a dental disorder known as diastema develops. This is not to be confused with a gap caused by missing teeth. It can be any tooth, although it’s most commonly linked with the blades or the gap between the two upper incisors.

Gaps between teeth are relatively common, yet they can sometimes be a nuisance. Maybe you don’t like how they look, or you notice that food gets stuck in them, causing gum problems. It can cause your gums to become painful and inflamed and lead to gum disease.

Many factors can cause gaps between teeth, including genetics, family inheritance, or bad habits. 

  • Teeth that are too small
  • Jaw size that is larger than the teeth
  • Overdeveloped lip brace
  • Bad habits, such as thumb sucking, lip sucking, tongue thrusting, etc
  • Gum disease
  • Incorrect swallowing reflex

Diastema treatment varies depending on the cause. If missing teeth cause the gap, whether they were extracted or are naturally absent, veneers, crowns, or bonding may be used to fill the gap. Braces, dental implants, or partial dentures may also be used. A frenectomy or surgical reduction of the labial frenum may be performed if the frenum is causing the gap. If the problem is caused by gum or soft tissue complications, it will be treated by a gum specialist. Depending on your tooth size and anatomy, simple procedures can avoid the need for restorative dental work. Remember, the little things can be significant!

If you are not pleased with your smile’s appearance, talk to our dentist and discover your options. Book an appointment online:


Published On: 5 July 2022Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry

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