Dental Options When You Have Unsightly Gaps Between Your Teeth
Posted on 10/30/2019 by Advanced Dental Associates
One of the dental problems that one in four people in the United States suffers with is gaps in their teeth, better known as a diastema. It can be found anywhere in your mouth and even though that small Gap can distress you, our office can help treat it.
We can crown the surrounding two teeth, widen them a little and in a matter of hours have you gap free. Also, we practice a procedure called teeth bonding to effectively camouflage any gaps where you feel embarrassed or bothered.
Crowning to Remove the Gap
Depending on the size of the gap, crowning can be a great option. The Gap is closed by placing dental crowns on each side. What happens is the two teeth on either side of the gap are widened, then given crowns. If you aren't familiar with what a crown is, it is a commonly practiced procedure when filling in a cavity.
If you had a cavity, it would be drilled out, filed down on one side or another almost to the root. To repair the looks of the tooth, the empty areas that were filed away are replaced with either ceramic, porcelain, and even silver or gold. In the situation of having a gap, the two teeth on either side are partially filed down and widened to the point they remove the gap, eliminating it.
What Is Involved with Teeth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is considered a cosmetic dental treatment, we make use of a tooth-colored material or resin, applying it between the gap in your tooth. Our dentist will select a shade of bonding material that perfectly matches your teeth. They mold it into the correct shape and size, ensuring it covers the gap between your teeth. The surface of your teeth on each side of the gap will be prepped to receive the bonding material. Your teeth will be slightly sanded on each side to make them rough, this allows them to be ready to receive the bonding material that holds the tooth-like material in place.
Once ready, the bonding begins. The resin has a rough texture similar to clay, allowing us to form it in your mouth. When satisfied with how it presents itself, an ultraviolet light spotlights the material causing it to harden. In finishing, we wax it smooth to be sure there aren't any areas that may bother your lip. It is a straightforward procedure and our office can complete it for you in one visit.
If you are in the position where you have gaps in your teeth or you can see that they are developing, give our office a call. With bonding and crowns being one of the two main recommendations, we would need to have a consultation to identify the causes and conditions with your teeth. Then we can make accurate suggestions. Call us today to schedule an appointment.