What is a Tooth Gap?

frenectomy before picture of a patient with a gap between the two upper front teethIt is also diastema and is the gap found between teeth. It can be located in between any teeth. Diastema is not destructive, and it usually appears in children and adults. For children, the gap is fixed when permanent teeth replace the shedding milk teeth. Having gap teeth is not a deficiency, and its treatment is usually to improve the appearance. You can contact our specialists if you want to narrow or close the gap.

Causes of Teeth Gap or Diastema

Diastema may result from relatively small teeth compared to jawbone size. Small teeth result in empty gaps between the teeth. The jawbone and small teeth sizes can be genetic; thus, we can witness that diastema runs in some families. Some diastemas are very cute for some individuals. To others, it causes low self-esteem.

Undersized teeth or missing teeth can lead to a teeth gap. For instance, if the upper incisors are small or a tooth is missing, a gap develops between the two front teeth. This is a common case for the upper horizontal incisors.
An incorrect tongue reflex can cause a gap to form in the teeth. For a correct reflex when swallowing, the tongue presses against the mouth’s hard palate. In another instance, a person may press the tongue against the front teeth when eating. Continuous pressing the tongue against the teeth over time can lead to the formation of the gap.

Gum disease is also a significant contributor to tooth gap. Gum disease affects the gum responsible for supporting the teeth. With time the gum is destroyed, and the teeth become lost, leading to the development of a gap.

Diastema Treatment in Tucson

Treatment of diastema is not medically necessary, but one can close a gap for aesthetic and appearance issues. If so, our dentist can help determine the best way to approach the gap. You can seek an appointment at our facility for a consultation session so that you can make an informed decision.