Treatments for Tooth Gaps and Spacing Problems

June 6, 2017 — by tbelnap
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry Orthodontics Restorative Dentistry

A woman smilingThe team at PQ Family Dental is committed to the people of Rancho Peñasquitos. We offer advanced, comprehensive dental treatments designed to address even the most complex issues. By taking a holistic approach to dentistry, we can enhance smiles and in the process people's lives.

Sometimes even a minor issue like a tooth gap can lead to a number of health concerns. Let's go over the problems caused by tooth gaps and then consider different options for treatment that can be quite helpful.

Problems Caused by Tooth Gaps

Tooth gaps can cause both cosmetic problems and dental health problems.

In terms of aesthetic flaws, gaps between teeth can be a major source of self-consciousness. You may feel awkward about laughing, smiling, or speaking around others, even people you have known for many years.

In terms of dental health, tooth gaps could be the sign of poor dental alignment, which can make teeth grinding (bruxism) and many other issues more likely. Issues with tooth gaps can also make it difficult to eat certain foods, which can impact your nutrition and general health.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments for Tooth Gaps

When it comes to treating tooth gaps that are predominantly aesthetic in nature, cosmetic dentistry is generally your best bet.

For very minor tooth gaps and spacing problems, dental bonding may be an ideal solution. Dental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored dental resin that is painted directly onto the teeth. The resin is carefully polished so that it blends in seamlessly with the natural tooth structure.

For more serious gaps that are still predominantly cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers can work wonders. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth. When in place, the porcelain veneers mask the treated tooth, making it look perfectly shaped and spaced.

Orthodontic Treatments for Tooth Gaps

When tooth gaps are the result of more significant malocclusion and spacing problems, the ideal option for treatment is orthodontic care. Braces and other orthodontic options can help reposition the teeth. This helps close gaps, alleviate crowding, and improve the overall appearance of the smile in the process. Any health issues related to the tooth gaps can also be effectively treated thanks to proper orthodontic care.

Prosthodontics and Missing Teeth

When there's a gap between your teeth that's the result of tooth loss, restorative dentistry treatments will be considered to help fill the gap. For a missing tooth or a few missing teeth, a dental bridge may suffice. The loss of many teeth or all of a person's teeth can be addressed with a partial denture or full dentures. It's also possible to have dental implants placed, which are artificial tooth roots surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue.

Tailoring Treatments to Your Needs

As you can see, there are plenty of options available to dentists who are helping their patients deal with tooth gaps. During a consultation at our practice, we can determine the ideal treatment option for you and your needs. We'll also be more than happy to discuss the various risks and benefits associated with the treatments that are best suited to your situation.

Contact PQ Family Dental

For more information about treating tooth gaps and crooked teeth, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at PQ Family Dental is here to help you smile with confidence and with improved dental health.