Gaps between teeth can occur between any teeth but they are quite common in the lateral incisors or the two front teeth on the upper gum. A Long Island dentist diagnosis gapped teeth as diastemas. Diastemas can occur for a number of reasons both natural and habitual. There are solutions for diastemas, so those who want to close the gap have options. One of the first determinations by a Long Island dentist is to find the cause of the gap.
Some individuals make get gapped teeth from there being a large difference in the size of their jawbone and the size of their teeth. This is a natural cause. A person may have a large jawbone with small teeth or vise versa and this can cause gaps between teeth. An individual may also experience an overcrowding as a result of this natural cause.
Another natural cause to tooth gapping can be that the tissue at the top part of the upper lips that extends to the top gum line can cause a gap between the upper teeth if it extends past either of its connecting points.
Some of the habitual causes of teeth gapping, according to Dr. Raskin, is thumb or finger sucking, and incorrect swallowing. A person should swallow with their tongue pressed against their palate but some individuals swallow with their tongues pressed against their teeth which can cause gapping.
Gum disease is another cause of teeth gapping and this can be from genetics or poor oral hygiene habits. When a person has severe periodontal disease, the gum will weaken and allow for teeth to shift and move, which can cause dangerous gaps in teeth. This is just another reason why practicing good oral hygiene habits is vital to your dental and overall health.
Habitual causes of diastemas can be prevented by putting an end to these habits. But when the damage has been done and one wants to close the gap on their teeth there are treatments available for a cosmetic Long Island dentist.
Dr. Raskin would evaluate the diastemas and offer a variety of treatment options which can include dental bonding, veneers, and onlays to name a few. Talking with a specialist about your condition can close the gap on your teeth and give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
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