Dental Problems

Learn More About Tooth Gaps

Gaps between your teeth are more than just a cosmetic problem. They may increase the risk of tooth decay and other dental issues. Visit Royal Dental Spa, and our friendly dental professionals will help manage the spaces between your teeth.
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Dental Problems

Dental Services That Can Address Tooth Gaps

We offer comprehensive dental services to manage tooth gap problems and help you achieve optimal oral health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About
Tooth Gaps

  • Tooth and jawbone size.
    Tooth gaps may be due to the size of your jawbone compared to that of your teeth. If there’s a discrepancy, it can cause these unsightly spaces.

  • Undersized or missing tooth.
    The cause of tooth gaps can often be attributed to undersized or missing upper lateral incisors—the pair of teeth on either side of our upper front row. If these aren’t filled in, a gap will likely develop.

  • Oversized labial frenum.
    Tooth gaps may be caused by an unusually large labial frenum, the connecting tissue between the inside of your upper lip and gums. If this is larger than usual, it can cause some noticeable gaps.

  • Incorrect swallowing.
    Tooth gaps may be due to an incorrect swallowing reflex. Without proper tongue placement during swallowing, recurring pressure against the front teeth can cause them to shift forward and create a gap.

  • Habits.
    Unwanted gaps between your teeth can have a variety of causes, but if you’ve been known to engage in habits like thumb sucking or lip thrusting, they may be the culprit. These actions pressure the front teeth, leading to gaps, or diastemas, forming between them over time.

  • Loss of primary teeth.
    Tooth gaps are sometimes just a part of growing up. As children lose primary teeth, temporary diastemas can appear. But no need to worry as these usually close up when permanent adult teeth come in, so your little one’s smile will soon be back on track.

  • Gum disease.
    Gum disease can be a major cause of tooth gaps. This problem can cause uncomfortable symptoms like red and swollen gums, bone loss, and even bleeding gums. When gums become inflamed, they pull away from the teeth and leave undesired spaces. Over time, this issue, if left unaddressed, can even lead to tooth loss.

  • Tongue thrusting.
    If you notice gaps in your teeth, it could be caused by tongue thrusting. This is when pressure is placed on both teeth to create an unwanted space between them, known as a diastema.

It’s essential to manage any gaps in teeth, as they may lead to plaque buildup, which, in turn, can lead to gum disease if left unaddressed. Signs of gum disease include bleeding or receding gums, bad breath, and even loose teeth.

Taking care of your teeth after addressing gaps is important, from proper brushing and flossing routines to regular dental checkups, to help your teeth stay healthy. Additionally, whether you had smile makeovers, dental veneers, dental crowns, or clear aligners, avoid chewing on hard foods since that can cause damage to the treatment done on your teeth.

Chewing on objects like pens, fingernails, or opening bags with the teeth can also affect the teeth. All it takes is a wrong swipe, and the tooth may crack or chip.

  • Avoid accumulation of food particles.
    Unmanaged tooth gaps can lead to the accumulation of food particles which could increase the risk of other dental health problems. By filling these unsightly gaps, you keep your teeth clean and healthy.

  • Improve oral health.
    Managing tooth gaps can help lower the risk of cavities and gum disease. Closing existing spaces can make it more difficult for bacteria and plaque to build up between teeth and make you keep smiling confidently.

  • Avoid bite problems.
    If left unaddressed, these little spaces can cause neighbouring teeth to shift and misalign during steady growth, leading to more dental issues. Managing the gap between your teeth can help avoid bite problems, teeth sensitivity, and dental pain.

  • Improve your natural smile.
    Closing the gaps between your teeth can be one of the ways to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Not only will it make it more aesthetically pleasing and enhance your appearance, but it will also improve your overall oral health.

  • Improved overall confidence.
    A gap between your teeth can make you feel less confident when it comes time to smile and talk. Proper management may help you feel more confident in your interactions and foster increased feelings of comfort. Addressing the gap helps improve your confidence and gives you more reasons to show off those pearly whites.

  • Avoid future dental problems.
    It’s important to manage tooth gaps to help prevent gingivitis, periodontitis, and other unpleasant conditions that could lead to bad breath or difficulty chewing.

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