The causes of tooth gaps and treatment options available to Beverly Hills, CA area patients
- Posted on: Apr 15 2020
One of the most common cosmetic issues seen at dental practices is that of gapped teeth. Whether patients have gapped teeth due to thumb-sucking as a child or from changes to their smile during periodontal disease, Dr. David S. Frey of Beverly Hills, CA is pleased to offer solutions. Patients in the area can work with our cosmetic dentist to decide the best treatment for a tooth gap, medically known as “diastema.” While gaps can occur anywhere in the mouth, they are commonly seen between the two front teeth on the upper dental arch that is highly visible when patients open their mouth, talk to others, or smile.
What can cause gapped teeth?
Gap teeth can result from several different issues within the mouth.
- Thumb-sucking in early childhood years
- Small teeth that are not in proportion with the jawbone
- Missing teeth that allow the existing teeth to spread out and shift
- Oversized labial frenum (tissue above the two front teeth)
- Bone loss from periodontal disease
- Poorly aligned dental arch/malocclusion
What methods of treatment are available for tooth gaps?
There are a variety of methods available at the practice of Dr. David S. Frey that can be used to close these gaps. Some patients may consider dental bonding, which is the application of a tooth-colored resin material that can be used to disguise the gap in-between the front, or anterior, teeth. Another option is the use of porcelain veneers, which are thin ceramic facings made to cover the existing teeth and cover up this imperfection. Some patients may also want to consider the benefits of orthodontia, especially if they have misalignment elsewhere in their smile that impacts the function or appearance.
Are you considering treatment of your gapped teeth?
Work with Dr. David S. Frey and his team to find the most effective solution available to you! Our practice is located at 462 N. Linden Dr., Ste. 414 and can be reached at (310) 276-4537 for an appointment. We are always accepting new patients in the community of Beverly Hills, CA who are ready to enhance their smile and improve its health and appearance!
Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry