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What Is Dental Diastema?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman in dental chair smiling at Keizer Family Dental in Keizer, ORDental diastema refers to a harmless gap or space between two or more teeth. It can appear between any teeth but primarily develops in the upper front teeth. Diastema occurs in both children and adults. In kids, diastema might disappear when they grow permanent teeth. While dental diastema is unthreatening, it can require treatment if it is a result of an underlying oral issue. It can cause tooth misalignment as the adjacent teeth drift to fill the void. A dentist can recommend various solutions to treat the condition.

Causes of Dental Diastema

Dental diastema is usually hereditary. However, it can also develop from poor dental hygiene, periodontal disease, missing teeth, an oversized labial frenum, discrepancies between jawbone and teeth size, and irregular swallowing reflux. In some cases, children with habits like thumbsucking and compulsive pushing of the teeth can also develop dental diastema.

Symptoms of Dental Diastema

The only sign of dental diastema is a noticeable gap between the teeth. You will not have any other symptoms if your teeth and gums are healthy. However, if diastema is a result of an underlying oral issue, you might experience symptoms like gum inflammation and tenderness, loose teeth, and halitosis. You might also have receding or bleeding gums, or deep pockets might develop between your teeth and gums.

Dental Diastema Treatment Options

Diastema is not usually a dental emergency. However, you might need cosmetic treatment if the gap affects your smile. Treatment is also necessary if diastema is a result of an underlying oral issue like gum disease.

The appropriate solution varies based on the severity of the condition. In most cases, the dentist will recommend braces, veneers, and dental bonding. Other treatment options include dental fillings, implants, root planing, and scaling. In severe cases, an oral surgical procedure may resolve the issue.

Contact Us Today

Dental diastema is not a life-threatening concern. However, you might need treatment to address underlying oral issues. If diastema affects your facial appearance and smile, you might require various cosmetic solutions to close the gap. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options.

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